The role that Jesus plays in our worship is an essential one. First, He offers us the guide by which to live and He offers us the example of how prayer can reach the Father. He also showed us the importance of sacraments like baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and even foot washing. Finally, He reveals Himself as the door to the throne of the father and how He is the pathway for our worship to reach the Father’s ears.
Jesus lives His life as an example for the generations to come. Scripture is filled with example after example of Jesus using His life to show the importance of worship. In Matthew 6:9-13, He gives His followers then and now an example of how we are to pray. While this prayer is no magic spell with magic powers, it is an example of the humility, thanksgiving, and worship that we must show to God not only in our prayers but also in our living.
Jesus also used His life to show us that while baptism, the Lord‘s Supper, and foot washing are just symbols, they are important parts of the worship process. They allow us to show the world we are different and they allow us to unite together to celebrate. Baptism shows new life that we find in Him (Matthew 3:13-17). The Lord‘s Supper shows the sacrifice of Christ and obedience of Man (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). And foot washing shows our humility and our willingness to serve our fellow man (John 13:2-17).
Finally, we see Jesus as the Door through which we offer our worship (John 10:9). We no longer are separated from God by a temple or Veil. Jesus offers us a connection to the Father that we so often take for granted. Jesus offered Himself as the final sacrifice so that we could be granted the gift of life. He offers His life in return for our worship. In John 14:6 we see Jesus say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”.
We offer our worship and our lives because it is all we have. We offer our lives and our worship to God through the doorway that is His son. God chose to provide us a way to have a direct connection to Him. Praise God for Jesus and for the worship we can offer in His name.
Why do I worship?