Jesus Our Worship Leader: The Mediating Work Of The Son In Worship -- By: Ron Man

Journal: Reformation and Revival
Volume: RAR 09:2 (Spring 2000)
Article: Jesus Our Worship Leader: The Mediating Work Of The Son In Worship
Author: Ron Man

Jesus Our Worship Leader: The Mediating
Work Of The Son In Worship

Ron Man

For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human.

1 Timothy 2:5

We have a great priest over the house of God.

Hebrews 10:21

For believers it is often easier to conceptualize the present ministry of Christ in terms of his deity—which is understandable, given the fact of his glorified state, having “ascended far above all the heavens” (Ephesians 4:10). Yet it is just as true that there is a Man who is now seated at the Father’s right hand, a fact which (as we will see) has profound implications for our worship.

Part of the paradox of the hypostatic union (the perfect fusion in Christ of undiminished deity and complete humanity) is that we have in one person both recipient and giver of worship. In his perfect condescension and by virtue of the plan forged in eternity past among the members of the Trinity, the Son (as well as the Holy Spirit) has willingly given over to the Father the right to be the primary focus and recipient of worship. In fact, all through the earthly ministry of Jesus we find him constantly in communion with the Father (whom he called his Father)1 in worship and prayer. In that way he fulfilled the Law and modeled for us unsullied, untainted, full-orbed Manhood in relationship with the Creator.

Too often, however, we tend to unconsciously compartmentalize Christ and focus either on his deity or on his humanity—largely because it is so difficult for our finite minds to grasp this perfect admixture of God and man. Hence, in his birth and earthly ministry we usually focus on his (albeit perfect) humanity, though of course punctuated here and there with hints of divine omniscience and miracle-working power. In his resurrection, ascension, current session in heaven, and coming victorious reign, we see profound expressions of his deity and glory. To be sure, we often make reference to the fact that our Savior intercedes for us before the Father (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). But is it not true that our concept is often that of a divine Savior who by grace has become our advocate before the throne? All of this is true enough, but it is also true that his intercession is not only one of divine sympathy toward human creatures, but one of empathy by “one who in...

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