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Topic: Worship (05/03/04)
TITLE: Let's hear it for the Lord
By Melanie Page
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The crowd was hushed. The warm, gentle light that reflected off the city walls fell on their expectant faces with a golden glow. The speaker stood under a large and beautiful tree beside a flowing river. He cleared his throat and began to address the multitude.
“Ladies and Gentlemen,
“It is our great honour and privilege to present to you a man whose impact upon our lives is so immense that he truly needs no introduction. He is, arguably the greatest person who ever lived. The very angels extol him. From before his birth, from before his conception, he has had the best interests of humankind placed first in his heart and mind. And he is here, now, in our very midst. Let me just outline for you his magnificent achievements and his contribution to the wonderful lives we have.
“Before the dawn of time; before the sun ever rose in the heavens, He was there. It is thanks to him that the sun did rise. He created it. And he went on to create the rest of the world we know; the plant and animal kingdoms, our own species.
“But he was not content to merely create. He wanted more. And when humanity experienced a crisis of catastrophic proportions, he was the only one who could help.
It is characteristic of him that when humanity needed him so desperately, he did not stop to consider the cost to himself, but stepped in to offer the only possible solution to the problem.
“He gave up the glory to which he was both born and entitled and took on the degraded status of a member of an oppressed race. Nor did he concern himself with personal comfort, but, on the contrary did not even trouble to ensure there was a roof over his own head.
“He gave, quite literally, his all for humanity, and even though so many have failed to appreciate his intervention, he was still quite willing to go to Hell and back, just for them. Just for us.
“So it is with a sense of awe, adoration, worship and deepest, deepest gratitude that we stand here now. Let us put our hands together for him today, because he alone is truly worthy. Folks, let’s hear it for the Lord”
Thunderous applause broke out. It was joined by shouts, stomping and piercing wolf whistles as the innumerable throng made their feelings known. And the sound continued; it did not diminish, but echoed and reverberated, rising to a crescendo of praise, an unstoppable outpouring of worship, rolling on into eternity.