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Heaven – What will Worship be Like?

A message from our series on Heaven

by Pastor Tim Mandich

We have been on our series talking about heaven and today our topic concerns worship. The topic of worshipping in heaven is a part of the broader question of what will we be doing in heaven. I realize that for the unbelieving person worshipping God in heaven seems a little hard to visualize as being fun and I’m told that some visually see it as even being boring. That viewpoint I guess is understandable if your blinded to the truth of knowing the peace and love of God. To its core the mindset of finding worship in heaven boring is really based on ignorance because God is anything but boring. In fact, as we start talking about worship, we should begin to think first who are we worshipping? Is it a person, a thing, or a deity? Well as believers we know that worship in heaven will be directed toward God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In Revelation 5:11-12 (NLT) we readThen I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”

This we can know from Revelations 5 that Jesus will be honored and glorified for the sacrifice of giving His sinless life while on this earth and hanging on the cross, shedding his blood for the for the forgiveness of our sins. And that’s why we read here that millions of angels will be singing “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”

No one will experience anything like this except for those who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are brought to heaven after they die. When we see verses like this describing what we’ll be doing in heaven, we are reminded that worshipping Jesus will not only be enjoyable but something we want to do. For us who have been given the grace and mercy to escape the judgement of sin, we have nothing but praise to offer in exchange for the one who plucked us from the very fires of hell and eternal torment. The problem with many unbelievers in Jesus is that they have nothing to compare their certain outcome to. If we would read in our Bibles the description of hell, it’s nothing like the person who ignorantly jokes it to be a place where they and their friends will be partying. In reality, we read in many places found in the Bible of the torment awaiting those who reject the call to surrender their life to Jesus  We read Jesus’ own words in Matthew 13:47-50 (KJV) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Nothing here speaks of people gathered to party or be together as one going to a picnic. Being cast into a fiery furnace where there is nothing but wailing and gnashing of teeth is a sobering reality of the price one pays for rejecting the free gift of salvation through Jesus. Don’t trust in your good works or religion to save you. Instead confess to Jesus that you know you are a sinner and need Him. Say this simple prayer of surrender to God, asking Jesus to be a part of your life going forward.

Jesus, I know I’m a sinner and I need you.

Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me by the blood of Jesus.

I make Jesus my Savior and Lord and I pray for your help in living for you daily.

In Jesus name I pray – amen.

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