If we sing only about Jesus, if we project images representing Christ (lamb, lion, cross, crown, etc.) on the screen, or if we keep some mental image or concept of Christ at the forefront of our consciousness during the worship service is that what makes it “Christ-centered”?
I will leave that question open and submit some thoughts I had from “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis. In this book, the narrator finds himself in Hell waiting for a bus to take him to visit the threshold of Heaven. (Before you get worked up about the biblical or theological validity of such a concept, read the entire book.) When he arrives there, the “Spirits” from Heaven come down to meet the “Ghosts” from Hell to invite them to experience the joy of being redeemed. Lewis paints a vivid picture by contrasting the hollow, shapeless Ghosts of the lost against the brilliantly radiant and profoundly substantial Spirits of the redeemed. It’s an excellent read.

In one chapter, the narrator eavesdrops on a conversation between two painters, one a Ghost and one a Spirit. Responding to the Spirit-Painter’s invitation to come “up into the mountains” (I suppose this represents the process of seeking the truth of the gospel), the Ghost-Painter asks if he can bring his painting supplies. The Spirit tells him that you wont need to paint there; you must simply look because the glory of the reality surrounding you will be far greater than your attempt to paint it. You must go back to the attitude you first had when you began to paint in which you were just in love with light.
Lewis is not saying that heaven will have no creative activity. On the contrary, in a way, every person will begin to see with the eyes of an artist when they look on the glory of Christ. We will behold clearly for the first time the beauty, love, purity, justice, and all the other glorious attributes of Christ completely unveiled.
So, Christ-centered worship is a preview of that same beholding (Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine.) We don’t come into worship with our personal set of paints and brushes to somehow portray Christ. Instead, we come like Mary Magdalene sitting at his feet with our eyes and ears open to behold his beautiful glory and to soak it up.
Listen to the Word of God. Meditate on the words of the worship songs, and ask the Lord to put a new song in your mouth. Observe the love and grace in his body and blood.

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