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“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!” Scripture calls us to worship, and to do with great joy. As we have considered the resurrection of our bodies through our union to our risen Jesus Christ, this should come quite easily for us. God is going to save us and do so eternally with power. God is truly our strength, for he is going to destroy the power of death itself. We will be raised in power. When this day happens, brothers and sisters, we are going to sing aloud. We are going to sing aloud and raise a song to the God of our salvation. Can you imagine? I cannot wait until the day when, before the throne of God we join the company of the heavenly choir singing to God, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!” How much sweeter will it be in that day when we are singing with resurrected bodies knowing that we are there only because the Lamb shed his blood and rose triumphantly so that we could be saved eternally. Having this hope, I trust you will come prepared to “sing aloud to God our strength” as we gather as a body of Christ on this side of eternity.
In the prayer service this Sunday, we are going to look at another passage in Acts. We are going to sing hymn 509 in the Blue Hymnal, “The Sands of Time are Sinking” to introduce the service.
In the sermon for this Sunday, we are going to consider how Jesus Christ, our second Adam, is going to change us in our resurrected bodies to fit us for our eternal existence before God. In our present, fallen state, we are unfit for our glorified life with its full implications. When we are raised, God is going to complete the image of God in us so that we look like the one who passed the test Adam failed. The man Jesus of Nazareth, who emptied himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, will raise us bodily in glory by his grace and for his glory. Though life seems hard and difficult now in our present earthly tents, we are going to be given an eternal, fixed home in an imperishable body when our eyes finally rest on the face of our Christ. This text would have us see how Christ is going to accomplish our full redemption through what he has done in the gospel.
Call to Worship: Psalm 81:1-3
Hymn 17 [Blue] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Congregational Reading: Psalm 25:11-18
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Hymn [Insert] Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Hymn 326 [Red] Rejoice—the Lord is King!
Scripture Reading: Job 34 & Mark 11:1-14
Hymn 236 [Red] Hark! the Herald Angels Sing This great hymn is, admittedly, usually sung exclusively at Christmas. But, given our subject matter this Lord’s day, I considered it appropriate that we bring it out for this service. The hymn superbly speaks of the glories of the incarnate Christ. For our purposes, I am most interested in this stanza (included in our hymnal, but oft excluded from others): “Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface, stamp Thine image in its place: Second Adam from above, reinstate us in Thy love. Let us Thee, though lost, regain, Thee, the Life, the inner man: O, to all Thyself impart, formed in each believing heart.” Though Wesley’s focus is on the inner life that comes from our union with Christ, the phrase, “Second Adam from above” comes straight from our text for this Sunday. Jesus Christ is the second Adam who by his cross and resurrection gives us the grace of the eternal transformation of our soul and body. He is the heavenly man who makes us fit for heaven. We bear his heavenly image, not only in the renewal of our souls, but in the renewal of our bodies. He is capable of this because he is the Second Adam who succeeded where Adam failed. This commenced with his incarnation and was confirmed in his resurrection. He satisfied the debt to God’s justice that we had incurred through our guilt. All who believe on him who is God with us will be made like him and given an eternal inheritance where God dwells with us for eternity.
Sermon: Second Adam from Above from 1 Corinthians 15:44b-49
Hymn 335 [Red] What Wondrous Love is This?
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach us catechism question 31:
Q. How does Christ execute the office of a king?
A Christ executes the office of a king in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us,1 in conquering all his and our enemies,2 and in reigning on the throne of David for a thousand years.3
1 Psa 110:3; Col 1:13; 1 Thess 2:12 2 1 Cor 15:24-25; Heb 10:12-13
3 Matt 2:6; Rev 20:4