Singing a Hymn (Matthew 26:30;Mark 14:26)

“And singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26) As we have discussed above, the place to which they were going that dark evening was located on the Mount of Olives, just to the east of Jerusalem. Yet, Matthew and Mark add an important little detail…they went out… Read More

The Contagiousness of Worship! (New Song, part 11)

“The Contagiousness of Worship”               Worship, when it is filled with the Holy Spirit, is contagious.  I expect that this is part of the reason that the scriptures emphasize that believers are to live within a covenant community.  Not only can we support one another, but in our joined worship, we enable each other… Read More

Reigning with Christ! (New Song, part 10)

“We will reign with Christ”               One of the major themes of Revelation is that the prize to those who overcome is not only eternal life with Christ, but a co-reign with Christ as well (see Revelation 2:26-27, 3:21).  As the Messiah is given authority over the nations (see Psalm 2:8), here we see… Read More

Our Great High Priest! (New Song, part 9)

“Our Great High Priest”               Though not specifically mentioned here in this particular hymn, where there is a nation of priests, there also must be a high priest.  And, of course, that high priest is Jesus.  He is the one who makes constant intercession for us before the father, and it is he who… Read More

A Kingdom of Priests! (New Song, part 8)

“ Kingdom of Priests”               Just as the Levites (the Old Testament priesthood) were not given an allotment of land when the Israelites entered into Canaan, but rather lived amongst the rest of the tribes of the nation, we as Christians are a priesthood without a land here on this earth.  We are called,… Read More

The Scope of the Atonement! (New Song, part 7)

“The Limited Scope of the Atonement”               At the same time that Jesus’ ransom was for people from every tribe and nation, do note that it is not performed for all people or tribes without exception; rather, it is for all people and tribes without distinction.  Christ’s atoning work was fully effective for the… Read More

A Mission to the World! (New Song, part 6)

“A Mission to the World”               The Jews assumed that the Messiah, when he would come, would be a political ruler who would restore the Jewish nation state to independence, as in the time of David.  Yet, this is neither how the Old Testament prophets anticipated the Messiah to be, nor was it how… Read More

The Ransom Paid! (New Song, part 5)

“The Ransom Paid”               We must be careful when we talk about the ransom to be paid, or the debit owed, because we must be absolutely clear as to whom that ransom was paid to.  Through the history of the church, some have argued that Jesus’ death was a ransom paid to the Devil… Read More

Jesus Was Slain! (New Song, part 4)

“Jesus Was Slain”               To those who would deny the crucifixion, this song affirms even this gruesome detail of Jesus’ ministry.  Without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22); each year, the priest, on the day of atonement, would slay a lamb for the forgiveness of the people’s… Read More

The Scroll! (New Song, part 3)

“The Scroll”   Though there is some debate as to just what the scroll that is depicted here in Revelation represents, in context, it seems that the scroll represents God’s redemptive plan for history, namely as is unfolded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  For that book to be opened, God’s righteous judgments against mankind… Read More

Jesus is Worthy! (New Song, part 2)

“Jesus is Worthy”   Jesus is worthy of our praise and no one else is.  Mohammed was not worthy, Buddha was not worthy, Krishna was not worthy, our governments are not worthy, humanistic teachers are not worthy—no one but Jesus is worthy of our praise and adoration.  Jesus is worthy first because of his perfect… Read More