Jesus on Lifestyle Worship

In John 4 Jesus makes a significant statement about the nature of worship under His Lordship. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that “an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father” (v.21), but rather “an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (v.23). Jesus’ redirection of the preposition in from speaking of external location to internal focus is a grammatical shift of enormous spiritual significance: He is saying that He is changing the rules: no longer is it a matter of where or when you worship, but how you worship. No longer is there a geographical center for the people of God. Worship is now to be everywhere and at every time. As has been said, this is not a devaluing of times and places for corporate worship, but rather a hallowing of every time and every place as suitable for worshiping God.

by Ron Man

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