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The risen Christ not only demands, but welcomes our worship of him. Appearing to Thomas after his resurrection, the Lord had the unbelieving disciple put his finger in his glorified hands and stick his hand in his rich wounds. Realizing the folly of his doubt, Thomas exclaims in reverent worship to his risen Master, “My Lord and my God!” As we consider our Lord’s appearance to his followers following his resurrection, we ourselves should confess with Thomas, “My Lord and my God” in worship. How much more delight is it to do it as one body of believers in Christ? This Lord’s day, ready yourself to confess the glory of our Savior.
In the prayer service, we will look at another passage from Psalm 119. We’ll begin the service with the hymn, “See, the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph” (Red 274).
The message for this Sunday considers Paul’s proof the gospel doctrine that Christ was raised on the third day. Paul reminds the Corinthians of the several appearances of our Lord to his followers. Paul strongly desired that the Corinthians be fully convinced of the risen Christ, for this doctrine will serve as a strong defense of the necessary consequence of that doctrine, that the bodies of believers will themselves be raised. The Corinthian denial of this doctrine undermined the gospel preached to them by the apostles. Paul’s point is clear: the one apostolic gospel, preached by all the apostles, hinged on this great truth that Christ was raised. Indeed, this was the ground of their own faith (v. 11). As we gather together, let us do so with joy, for we are the people of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Call to Worship: John 20:27-29
Hymn 270 [Red] Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Congregational Reading: Psalm 11
Hymn [Insert] Arise, MySoul, Arise One of the implications of Christ’s resurrection is that he is our great and living High Priest, ever interceding for us. So Charles Wesley writes in this hymn, “He ever lives above for me to intercede, his all-redeeming love, his precious blood to plead. His blood atoned for all our race, and sprinkles now the throne of grace.” Wesley’s words echo those of Hebrews 10:21-22, “And since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” The Lord Jesus is our high priest by virtue of his “indestructible life.” The atoning work of Christ is bound to Christ’s glorious resurrection. He was raised for our justification. The resurrection seals Christ’s work so that he can plead his blood of his once-for-all-sacrifice for us.
Hymn 17 [Blue] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Scripture Reading: Job 18 & Mark 4:1-20
Hymn 363 [Red] Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
Sermon: Christ Appeared from 1 Corinthians 15:5-7
Hymn 31 [Red] Be Not Far Off, for Grief is Near
In Sunday School, we will have a Quodlibet. Come with your questions!