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Psalm 22 is a remarkable Psalm. Of course, it vividly prophesies the suffering of the son of David. For this reason, Psalm 22 is cited numerous times by the Evangelists during the crucifixion. Yet, then we read of a remarkable transformation in v. 21: Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen! This, I believe, is a prophecy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Anointed One who suffers will be saved. At this point, the Psalm changes from an anxious cry of the Christ near his death, to a joyful pronouncement of God’s salvation. Then we read this in vv. 27: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. This is our call to worship. Because the Lord Jesus Christ suffers and rises again, the Gentile nations are transformed into worshipers of Yahweh. By the sovereign grace of God, we are among those of whom this Psalm speaks by our holy calling. So, knowing the one of whom this Psalm truly speaks, let us turn to the Lord and worship him who made heaven and earth.
In the prayer service, we’ll begin by singing again Psalm 6, “Chide Me, O LORD, No Longer” (Red 8). From the book of Acts, we’ll look at the practice and mandate of pastoral prayer.
The sermon this Sunday considers again Paul’s teaching on the resurrection of the dead. We will continue looking at his apologetic for the resurrection and explanation of how the dead are raised. Paul shows how the unbeliever who rejects God’s Word is inconsistent. This is certainly true of those who disbelieve that the dead are raised. As Paul shows, they accept all sorts of evidence in nature all around them that is closely analogous to what God will do when he raises our bodies. Unbelievers accept what they experience, but not knowing God’s power, they reject what they cannot fathom, even though their experience is stunningly similar to what God will do for us at Christ’s appearing.
Call to Worship: Psalm 22:27-28
Hymn 270 [Red] Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Congregational Reading: Psalm 23
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 255 [Red] Ah, Holy Jesus
Hymn 54 [Blue] For the Beauty of the Earth
Scripture Reading: Job 32 & Mark 10:1-31
Hymn 280 [Red] For All the Saints This hymn text by William How not only speaks of God’s grace in saving the saints who are now with Jesus, but it reiterates the glory we will share with them at the appearing of Jesus Christ. The seventh verse says, “But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day; the saints triumphant rise in bright array: The King of glory passes on His way. Alleluia!” Paul says in this passage that we will receive a heavenly body like the body of the heavenly man, Jesus Christ. He compares our heavenly body to the stars in heaven. This will indeed what we will be like when Jesus comes for us: we will shine like the stars in heaven. This truly will be a “yet more glorious day”!
Sermon: How are the Dead Raised? Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Hymn 141 [Blue] Look, Ye Saints! the Sight is Glorious
For Sunday School, I will teach catechism questions 28 & 29.
Q. What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?
A. Christ as our Redeemer executes the offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his state of humiliation and exaltation.1
1 Acts 3:22; Heb 5:6; Psa 2:6
Q. How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executes the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.1
1 1 John 1:18; 20:31; 14:26