Back to the Altar — Early Will I Seek Thee
DAY 5 — JESUS, THE EARLY RISER
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him”(John 4:23).
The Altar Truth
There is an “altar truth” in the life of Jesus that no Christian should miss. During the past few days we have reflected much on altars in Scripture and on the lives of those who built them. The altar is a metaphor for a place and time of worship to the true and living God. One need not possess a physical altar in order to worship God. In fact, if a follower of Jesus lives in consistent, earnest, Biblebathed communion with God, he or she has already erected an altar as real as the one that Elijah rebuilt on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18).
We see such an “altar” in the life of Jesus. Amid a busy life of daily ministry, constant threats, and withering assaults from the devil,
Jesus made time for long seasons of prayer and worship. He who was equal with the Father (Philippians2:6) still thought it important
to “be still and know” that God is God (Psalm 46:10). Jesus understood from an early age that His calling required constant
connection with His Father. This was the only way to carry the sins of the world to the cross.