I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When God gathered His people together for worship in the Old Testament, everything was types and shadows. From the layout of the tabernacle to the elaborate ceremonies of sacrifice to the clothing worn by the priest, all of it was a shadowy picture of the Christ and the kingdom that was to come. Those men and women looked with dimly lit eyes to the promise of their redemption and yet they rejoiced greatly in it!
We who have been gathered here today do not live under the shadows and the symbols of old. At the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus light has flooded into our world and all shadows have given way to the brightness of His glory. We live under the noon day sun. The promise of our redemption in Christ is ever before us. The kingdom which God is establishing continues to strengthen and expand right under our feet.
The Triune God has called us to worship Him in a particular way as a particular people. Everything about our worship means something. We don’t do it as a ceremonial requirement in which Christ is veiled within its meaning. No, we do what we do in the way that we do it because we are new creations. The light of Christ has already come into our hearts, our eyes see all God’s promises as already fulfilled in Him, we have been made new and are being renewed day by day. And what we do this morning, from when we stand to what we sing to how we look, is to be a small reflection of the reality we are joyfully standing on at this very moment. AMEN.