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In the fifth chapter of Revelation, the Apostle John pulls back the curtain on the throne room of heaven. The resulting passage is one that not only affirms the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, but reveals the joyful worship of saints with the myriads and thousands of angels before the Lamb of God: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” The chapter ends telling us, “and the elders fell down and worshiped.” The living Jesus Christ is the slain lamb, and his death is the only hope men have of seeing their worst enemy, death itself, destroyed. In his death, Jesus Christ justified sinners and satisfied the legal requirements against us. When we are finally with our Savior, we will bow before him glorifying him, testifying that our eternal life with God is from him and him alone. We will glorify our living Prophet, Priest, and King. But there is no reason for us to wait until then. Let us now, as we gather this Lord’s Day, worship the Lamb who was slain, declaring him to be worthy of all glory and honor.
In the prayer service, we will discover another instance of prayer in Acts and consider it before devoting ourselves to prayer. We will begin the service singing the hymn, “The Sands of Time are Sinking” (Blue 509).
The passage for the morning message this coming Sunday contains incredible grandeur and glory. Oh, how does your little messenger long to magnify fittingly the Savior described in 1 Cor 15:53-57! How much do I wish for an angel to come and touch my tongue to open the beauties of this passage before you! In these verses, we see the death of death and the glorious victory through Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the sure promise that all these things await us, and what awaits us is imperishable bodies and immortality and victory. Thanks be to God!
Call to Worship: Revelation 5:11-12
Hymn 272 [Red] Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound
Congregational Reading: Psalm 27:1-6
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Hymn 127 [Blue] Hallelujah, What a Savior!
Hymn 154 [Red] O Come with Thanks, God’s Goodness Praising
Scripture Reading: Job 36 & Mark 12:1-17
Hymn 75 [Blue] Abide with Me Though Henry Lyte’s “Abide with Me” is one of my favorite hymns, I usually avoid selecting it for morning worship because the hymn is typically considered an evening hymn (e.g., “Abide with me: fast falls the eventide”). Lyte wrote the hymn while watching the sun set one 1847 summer evening from his garden in England. The hymn brings to our remembrance the appearance of the risen Christ to the two on the Road to Emmaus (cf. Luke 24:29) and uses evening as a metaphor for death and the end of the age. Lyte himself would die later that autumn. The fourth verse, though not included in our hymnal, is especially poignant for our passage this Sunday (and we’ll sing it anyway, if the Lord wills): “I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness; where is death’s sting? Where grave, Thy victory? I triumph still, if Thou abide with me!”
Sermon: Finally Victory from 1 Corinthians 15:53-57
Hymn 334 [Red] Whate’er My God Ordains is Right
This Sunday, I’m looking forward to sitting under the instruction of Luke Streblow, who will explain to us catechism qq 32-33.
33 Q. Of what did Christ’s humiliation consist?
A. Christ’s humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition,1 made under the law,2 undergoing the miseries of this life,3 the wrath of God,4 and the cursed death of the cross;5 in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.6
1 Luke 2:7 2 Gal 4:4 3 Isa 53:3 4 Matt 27:46 5 Phil 2:8
6 1 Cor 15:3-4; Acts 2:24-27, 31
34 Q. Of what does Christ’s exaltation consist?
A. Christ’s exaltation consists in his rising again from the dead on the third day,1 in ascending up into heaven,2 sitting at the right hand of God the Father,3 and in coming again to reign over and judge the world at the last day.4
1 1 Cor 15:4 2 Mark 16:19; Rom 8:34 3 Eph 1:20 4 Acts 17:31