Through Him! Through Jesus, we offer up a sacrifice of praise to God. Jesus is the instrument of our praise; He is the reason that we can praise God at all! Jesus offered the ultimate sacrifice, giving His life for the atonement of our sin, purchasing us from the grasp of sin and death and opening the door for us to have a direct, personal relationship with God the Father.
We can understand God through Jesus because, in Jesus, God introduced Himself to us in our own form and language, with all of the pains, sufferings, joys, temptations, emotions and humiliations that we experience as people. He walked with us. He got His feet dirty. He felt the ache of hard work and the need for sleep at the end of a long day. He entered into our world, and we will never be the same.
He not only shed Himself of the glory of Creator and walked humbly as a man, He lived, suffered and died for us! He was obedient to the Father to the point of dying on the cross for us, suffering the humiliation and pain of a common criminal. Not only that, but He took our sin upon Himself and allowed Himself to carry that sin in His body as He died on that cross… for you and me! What love God shows in doing this for us!
The very least we can do is to thank God! And we can only offer up this sacrifice of praise through Jesus.
We offer a sacrifice of praise, not because it gains us anything. There is nothing we can do, no sacrifice we can give, that will gain us anything that Jesus has not already provided. Jesus did it all on the cross, and there is no longer any sacrifice for sin that is necessary.
We praise God simply and purely because He is worthy of our thanks and praise! We cannot thank or praise Him more than He deserves.
A person might say, “But, I want to be genuine. I don’t want to manufacture something I don’t feel.” That may have a ring of humility and transparency to it; but it is only a hallow ring.
We do not praise Him because we feel like praising Him. We praise Him because He is worthy of it! He alone is worthy of our thanks and praise. There is no God like our God. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lord, the God of gods. There is only one God, Make if the heavens and the earth, of all that is seen and unseen, who is in all, through all and without Him nothing would exist. We praise God because He is praise worthy!
Very often in the difficulties of life our praise is nothing but a sacrifice. We praise Him not because we feel like praising Him. We praise Him simply because we should.
When I was a young believer, when I knew Jesus died for me and saved me from my sins, and I accepted when He did for me and asked Him to be my Lord and Savior, I fell into deep sin many months later. When it caught up to me, I was devastated. On top of feeling like I lost my salvation (as if I could have), I was deeply convicted of sin. It was as if an empty chasm yawned before me and I was about to topple in.
God worked out the circumstances, leading me to the north woods, where I spent most of my time alone with a Bible and many, many days and weeks of silence. There I learned to sacrifice praise and thanksgiving to God. I praised Him not because I felt like it, not because I was joyful or thankful, not because I thought I righteous before Him. I knew to my core that I was unworthy of Him, but I learned to praise Him only because God is worthy of praise.
Amazingly, as I offered the sacrifice of praise, which was not given in any way as an attempt to gain God’s favor, but only and purely because He is worthy of praise, God filled me up with the joy of salvation! what a wonderful God we have!
There is nothing we can do for God. We cannot offer Him anything that He needs.
We do not offer God a sacrifice of praise like the blood sacrifices were offered for atonement of sin before Christ. We offer God a sacrifice of praise because, and simply because, He is worthy of praise. Jesus offered the sacrifice that paid the price, once for all time. There is no other sacrifice that is necessary for salvation. We praise God through Jesus who offered the only sacrifice that was necessary, and we offer that sacrifice of praise to a great and mighty God who loves us as a young groom loves His bride.
Thank You almighty God for Your incredible love, for Your grace and loving-kindness which endures to all generations! Your love endures forever! You alone are worthy of our praise! You alone are worthy of thanks! Thank You God! Thank You Jesus for your sacrifice!
[i] 1223/dia (translated “through”) is a preposition that properly means across (to the other side) – back-and-forth (go through) “successfully cross” (thoroughly). In this instance, it is used in the genitive case conveying the idea of action extending forward (by an intervening agent or instrument) to the intended purpose.
[ii] 2378/thysia (translated “sacrifice”) properly means an offering (sacrifice); an official sacrifice prescribed by God – hence an offering the Lord accepts. Thysia is used to describe the various forms of OT blood sacrifices, which were “types” – foreshadowing and awaiting their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. (Heb. 10:5-12) In Jesus, is a sacrifice that is effective, once for all time. There is no sacrifice from us that is necessary. Jesus did it all on the cross.
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