But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)
Relate: I love a paradox. Maybe it is just me, but I love trying to wrap my mind around two different concepts that, somehow, both must be true. The most common paradox in physics is light. Is it a wave or a particle? Yes. In theology there are a few of these.The Trinity itself is a paradox. God is 3/1. Then there is that age old question, is God sovereign or do we have free will? Yes. I think the greatest of all the theological paradoxes, however, is the now and the not yet. The Kingdom of God is coming, but it is here now. We are citizens of heaven but we are residents of earth. The time is coming… indeed it is here now.
React: Most of what defined Jewish worship were simply types, or symbols, of things to come. The city, the Temple, the priests, the sacrifices, even the clothing they wore all in one way or another pointed toward things to come. When Jesus arrived the need for those symbols was done. God had come to earth. He was the fulfillment of what those types were looking toward. The time had come.
Yet the time was coming. Jesus had not yet gone to the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He had not yet risen proving Himself victorious over death and the grave. He had not yet ascended to the right hand of the Father, and He had not yet sent the Spirit to come and dwell in us. The time was still to come, even though it had already arrived. Today this is still true for us. Even though all these things have arrived, we still wait for Him to return and bring us to His home. So we can now worship Him in Spirit and in truth but we still look forward to that day when we can truly, fully worship Him in spirit and in truth.
God, You are so great, so awesome, and majestic. All the universe sings Your glory. Yet still our eyes are clouded from truly seeing how great You are. In coming to earth You have revealed Yourself. Through Your teaching You have revealed Your mind. In Your healings You have revealed Your compassion. Through the cross You have revealed Your love and the empty grave reveals Your power. Yet there is still more to see. We wait eagerly for the day we will see You in all Your glory. We worship You now yet we wait for that day when we can truly see You as You are.