Worthy Is the Lamb

Evidently God wants me to pay attention to the Book of Revelation. My husband and I recently attended a Ligonier Conference in Pittsburgh. The last speaker used the 4th and 5th chapters of the book of Revelation to discuss worship– worship that is going on in heaven, even as we conduct our services here on earth. The next day we attended a Lutheran Church in our neighborhood, and the sermon was based on a reading from Revelation, chapter 5.

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever.” Revelation 5:13

The sermon hymn was The Lamb by Gerald Coleman. I couldn’t find out much about its’ history, but the simple tune and words touched me. Listen and consider what worship is really about.

For more about the book of Revelation see:

Revelation

Unraptured by Zack Hunt — Book Review

New Month/New Theme

Our theme for February will be “Shepherds, sheep and lambs.”  This imagery is used often in the Bible.  It would have been familiar to the people of that time, but maybe not so much for us today.

It lends itself to many topics:  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and also the Lamb of God.  We are the sheep, His flock.  At the end of time, God will separate the sheep from the goats.

How do you understand these ideas?  Are they important to you?  What songs and hymns reinforce them?  Have they influenced your faith walk?

I hope all of our authors and readers will think about these things and discuss them this month.

Of course, other topics and thoughts will be on our minds, and as always, our ladies will follow the leading of the Spirit in our posts.

God loves you and so do I!  Stay tuned for a great month!

Following the Lamb of God

“…John was standing with two of his disciples and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’  The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.”  John 1:35-37

The verses above were part of our gospel reading and sermon in church yesterday.  John the Baptist recognizes Jesus as the lamb of God, and two of John’s disciples immediately leave and follow Him.  Our pastor made the point that the pair had no idea of what following Jesus would mean, or what that path would lead them to: they knew who he was, and so they followed.

I wish I could say I have that kind of trust and obedience. Too often, I am guilty of this kind of thinking:  “Of course, I want to follow you, Jesus, but where are we going?  What is the point of this activity you are calling me to do (or to give up).”  Remember the old ‘I Love Lucy’ shows, and how Lucy would often say, ‘splain it to me, Ricky.’  I want God to ‘splain it to me” before I put my whole heart and energy into it.

Of course, this is wrong.  I should be willing to obey God because of who He is, one step at a time.  If I trust Him, I trust Him to lead me to the end of journey that He has planned for me.  I’m reminded of the hymn, ‘He Leadeth Me.”

Lord, I would clasp Thy Hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine

Content whatever lot I see, Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me, By His own hand He leadeth me;

His faithful follower I would be, For by His Hand He leadeth me.