Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship

Luke 15:11–24 (NASB95) states:

11And He said, “A man had two sons. 12“The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 13“And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14“Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.15“So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16“And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him,Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” 20“So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22“But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

The song Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship combines two concepts: drawing near to God’s altar in worship and the Father’s reaction to those who draw near in repentance. When we recognize our sin and repent, the Father is gracious and merciful and willing to embrace us with open arms, as depicted above in the story of The Prodigal Son, because God has already provided men with a singular means of reconciliation to Himself in the person and blood atonement of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). In addition, just as the shadow or “copy” altar of the heavenly atonement (using animal blood) was visibly seen by men in the Aaronic Tabernacle/Temple system in which an man-made altar was approached by those who sought to “draw near” to God in the present age, so also the blood of Yeshua is necessary to draw near to the real heavenly altar and presence of God. ONLY Yeshua (Jesus), the Son of God, qualified to enter and make atonement in that real and greater Temple and on that real and greater altar. We get a glimpse of this truth in Revelation 5:1–10 (NASB95) which states:

1I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” 6And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

As you dance to this beautiful song, contemplate the reality that you are miraculously able, through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, to draw near to God’s heavenly altar and find forgiveness in the open arms of the Father, who desires intimate fellowship with you. What an amazing and precious gift we have in Yeshua (Jesus)!

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