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Who is Jesus really and how does that affect our ability to live lives of worship and lead others in worship? Read on to find out more.

Ask yourself “How do I view Jesus?” because how you see Him will be the most important aspect of leading others to know the God you know. If we miss who Jesus really is, then we miss everything. If we get Him right, we get everything right.

Seeing Jesus Accurately Is Everything

To quote the theologian and writer A.W. Tozier, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” How we see God determines the direction and course of our lives. Think about the Pharisees of Jesus’ day who were always reading the scriptures but not understanding who they attested to: Jesus. Their view of God in the person of Jesus did not line up with God’s truth. When we look at Jesus, we see the exact representation of God the Father and who God really is.

Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Furthermore, we can’t take what pop culture throws at us or even religious teachers necessarily. We have to evaluate everything we see, hear and learn about Jesus with the truth of the Bible. Of course great teachings, books and other media resources can enhance our understanding of Jesus but only the Bible can be our foundation for understanding who Jesus is.

Your Course Follows Your Vision

Colossians 1:15-17 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Someone once said that your life tends to go where your focus is. If our focus is on the biblical Jesus as revealed in God’s word, then we will be heading toward knowing God in a vibrant relationship based on the truth of God’s word. This is an essential direction for all followers of Jesus and especially worship leaders. Why is this? Quite simply, we can’t lead others where we haven’t first gone. This is the most important thing to develop as a worship leader: your understanding of who God is, expressed in the person of Jesus Christ. If you get this right, you get it all right, as John Eldredge says in his book about Jesus Beautiful Outlaw. By cultivating your relationship with Jesus based on the truth of God’s word, you prepare yourself to lead people into the green pastures of feeding upon the goodness of the Lord.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Right Worship Follows Right Revelation

In his book Worship Matters Bob Kauflin illustrates a great point: if he were to tell you about how awesome his son was but give you all the wrong details of him, the praise would be quite insignificant. Why is this? Because it’s not true! It’s based upon a false pretext. In other words, the praise would fall short; it would be flat; it would be false. Similarly, our understanding of Jesus must be based upon the truth of God’s word and cultivated by the inner working of the Holy Spirit. As we see Jesus for who He really is, our worship begins to reflect a glimpse of His true worth. If we don’t get the details correct about His nature, we miss the mark in bringing him the praise that adequately reflects His great nature and heart. Matt Redman says it well: worship is our response to God’s revelation. Let’s make sure we are spending time getting to know Jesus based upon the revelation of God’s word and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in the truth of knowing Him.

Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: 

          “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

Article for this topic by Ashton Abbott.

Key Points:

  • Seeing Jesus accurately is the most important understanding we can pursue in life and must be based upon the truth of God’s word.
  • If you understand who Jesus really is, you get everything right and position yourself to lead well both in life and on a worship team.
  • Right and proper worship must be based on accurate information — the revelation of Jesus in God’s word, the Bible.

Quote This:

Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Talk About It
  1. Invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. Where would you say your main understanding of Jesus has come from? Church, culture, friends, the Bible?
  3. Have these sources been accurate or inaccurate sources of information? How has that affected your life direction up to this point?
  4. What is the roll of God’s word in understanding who Jesus really is?
  5. Why do you think Tozier said that the most important thing about us is the first thing that comes to mind when we think about God?
  6. What is determining the course of your life now? Is it your own wisdom, experience, education or success or is it seeing Jesus accurately for who the Bible says he truly is?
  7. Takeaway: Do you currently know Jesus the way you want to? If not, what are your action steps to get to know Him for who He really is?