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The Four Elements of Worship

The Four Elements of Worship

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BY THOMAS WILFRED CRAFER


"And it came to pass, while he "blessed them, he
was parted from them, and carried up into heaven,
and they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem
with great joy; and were continually in the temple,
praising and blessing God." — ^Luke 24 : 51-53.
BY THOMAS WILFRED CRAFER


"And it came to pass, while he "blessed them, he
was parted from them, and carried up into heaven,
and they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem
with great joy; and were continually in the temple,
praising and blessing God." — ^Luke 24 : 51-53.

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THE FOUR ELEMETS OF WORSHIPBY THOMAS WILFRED CRAFER "And it came to pass, while he "blessed them, hewas parted from them, and carried up into heaven,and they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalemwith great joy; and were continually in the temple,praising and blessing God." — ^Luke 24 : 51-53.THUS is it with the worship of the ascendedChrist that the gospel ends. It waswith the worship of the infant Christthat it began. These two are the first andthe last stages in the record of men's worshipof the incarnate Son of God. Two more suchstages may be discerned between them, theone in those frequent occasions when men fellat His feet, as conscious mainly of His won-der-working manhood; the other after theresurrection, when His followers clasped againthe feet of the crucified with a fresh glow of Easter devotion.And if there is a sense in which the gospelthus gives us the main features of that devo-tion which men learned from ''only begottenGod," we may extend its transitory signifi-cance into a permanent teaching of truth, andapply it to the worship of the world to-day.We live in an age of some spiritual progress,of much religious and theological advance.MODER SERMOS
 
But it is doubtful if this generation, with itsquickened and sometimes feverish activities,its intense love of all ttiat is practical, can becalled an age of worship. Is it not thereforeworth while to consider once again what thegospel has to tell us of the worship of theSavior, in order that we ourselves may an-swer more fully the essential demands of worship which come to us as Christian men,and that we may realize more definitely thecomponent parts of that attitude toward ourGod which marks our deepest humility andtherefore our highest exaltation; that effortthrough which, and through which alone, allour weak human endeavors will be acceptedin the face of the beloved?And perhaps such an investigation may bemade most practical by a study of the word^'worship'' as the gospels apply it to men'srelation to the Son of Man. We may remark at the outset as worthy of note that the word,I worship {ftpodxvyioo) , is oftenest used inthis connection (ten times in all) by that dis-tinctively Jewish evangelist whose acquaint-ance with the Scriptures would incline himto connect the word with the earlier worshipof Jehovah Himself. But this use is not quiteconfined to Matthew. Each of the other Gos-pels contains a single instance, and in allthree cases a new and therefore valuable fea-ture is brought to light.It is as the outcome of such a study we areCRAFER 
 
able to discern four main types of worship.The first is the worship of the infant Christ,and its characteristic features are praise andadoration, oblation and sacrifice, revealed asthey are in the prostration of the Magi andtheir costly oflferings. The seccfnd and mostfrequent type is worship of the ministeringChrist, often paid only to His exalted himianpower, and generally by those at the circum-ference of the little circle that surroundedHim. This kind of worship has its chief reference to the person ; not of the Savior, butof the worshiper; and always reveals somesense of personal benefit, either eagerly soughtafter or already accepted. In this type, anoutwardness is traceable in all cases whichreveals itself in a declaration of one of threethings:(a) eed, as in the case of the demoniacamong the tombs, who (Mark tells us), in thestruggle of his divided-consciousness, firstworships, and then can only pray, ''Tormentme not." To this we must add the leperbegging to be healed ; Jairus praying for hisdaughter's life; the Syrophenician womanwith her persistent request; Mary after thedeath of her brother Lazarus, the father of the lunatic boy, and the rich young rulerwith his yearning for salvation.(b) Conviction, as shown by the wonderingmariners when the storm was stilled, and (asJohn records for us) by the man born blind.MODER SERMOS

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