Songs of Jesus

Songs of JesusText: Hebrews 2:12

Singing is one of the key components of our worship. Because of this, we find singing throughout the Bible – including in the New Testament. In this lesson, we are going to see what we can learn from certain songs – the songs of Jesus.

The Song Before His Crucifixion (Matthew 26:30)

  • After Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (v. 26-29) and before His prayer and arrest in the Garden (v. 36-56) – Jesus knew the disciples would be scattered and Peter would deny Him (v. 31-35)
  • This shows the importance of worship in the face of trials (cf. Acts 16:25) – reminder that God takes precedence over our temporal concerns (Matthew 6:25, 33)
  • The song they sung was a hymn – a song of praise; to celebrate God in song (Strong’s); even in times of sorrow, it is appropriate to praise God (Job 1:20)

The Song of Praise in the Congregation (Hebrews 2:12)

  • The Hebrew writer noted the place of man as lower than the angels, yet over the creation (v. 6-8) – Jesus appeared in this position (v. 9-10) in order to fulfill His mission (v. 14-18); Jesus was praising God here (cf. Psalm 22:22)
  • This shows the importance of worshiping with God’s people – the assembly is important (Hebrews 10:25); we teach and admonish one another through song (Colossians 3:16)
  • This quote was from Psalm 22, a prophecy of the suffering and death of Christ (v. 11-18) – yet the Father never forsook Him (v. 1, 24; cf. Matthew 27:46); this is reason to praise Him (v. 22-23); reminder that God will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6); He is worthy of praise for this

The Song of the Lamb about God’s Holiness (Revelation 15:3)

  • This comes immediately after a description of the judgment and wrath of God (Revelation 14:7, 19) – the call of the gospel went out to fear God and glorify Him (Revelation 14:6-7); the disobedient would be punished (Revelation 14:9-11); the obedient would be rewarded (Revelation 14:12-13)
  • This shows us that God is worthy of praise because He alone is holy – distinct from other “gods”; revealed to all nations (Acts 14:17; Colossians 1:23); now we can all praise God together (Ephesians 2:18-19)
  • Moses led the Israelites through the Red Sea (Exodus 14) – Christ will deliver His church (Ephesians 5:23); we are His own special people (1 Peter 2:9); we must be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16); Moses pointed to Christ (Acts 3:22; cf. Deuteronomy 18:15); we will be saved if we follow Him (Acts 3:19; 2:38)

Conclusion

  • God is worthy to be praised, no matter what difficult circumstances we face
  • Let us learn from these songs – praise God during difficult times, praise Him together, and praise Him because He is worthy

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