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Soon the end will come. God will pour out his wrath upon all humanity. No epoch of human history has found this teaching pleasant, but to our withering, self-esteemified generation, the idea of divine judgment is especially repugnant. But in the Revelation of John, the saints and martyrs see the judgment of God and return to him praise in response: “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!” God’s judgment is not something for believers to apologize for or to be embarrassed by. Since God’s justice is integral to the holy excellency of his undivided perfections, we should worship God for his righteous judgment. The only way we can, however, is through Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain to bring us victory over sin, the law, and death. If it were not for Christ, we too would shrink in terror before God, ashamed of our sin and guilt before him. But because of Christ, who will lay any charge against God’s elect? Christ has justified us, and so God is both just and the justifier of us who have believed in him. Praise be to God.
In the prayer service, we’ll return to Psalm 119 and begin the service by singing “Before the Throne of God Above” tothe tune “Jerusalem.”
The sermon this Lord’s Day considers the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says in 1 Cor 15:57, But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the bottom line of the resurrection: we have victory through Jesus Christ. This changes everything. We will not die, but live, and that eternally. God will dwell with us and we with him. He will be our God and we will be his people. This God has given to us freely. It is of his grace. This is why Paul says, “Thanks.” What God has given us is a gift. Our victory is not a battle that we won. God gives the victory, and he did so through Jesus Christ. So as we come before the Table this Lord’s Day, let us remember that the symbols of Christ’s death are really signs of victory, for in them Christ has slain sin, answered the Laws demands, and swallowed up death forever. Thanks be to God.
Call to Worship: Revelation 15:3-4
Hymn 268 [Blue] How Firm a Foundation
Congregational Reading: Psalm 28:1-2, 6-9
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Scripture Reading: Job 37 & Mark 12:18-44
Hymn 265 [Red] Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
Sermon: Real Victory in Jesus from 1 Corinthians 15:57
Hymn 191 [Blue] Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face This sweet hymn by Horatius Bonar speaks to the reality of what the Lord’s Table represents. In the sermon, we consider the victory we have through Jesus Christ over sin, the law, and death. All the stanzas of this hymn remind us of the reality of what Christ has done for us in his atoning death, represented for us in the bread and cup. The last stanza reads: “Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness, Mine is the guilty but Thine the cleansing blood; here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace, Thy blood, Thy righteousness, O Lord, my God.” What a powerful testimony of our standing before God in Christ! We are all fowl. We were ruined prisoners enslaved to sin and deserving death. Christ embraced all this for us in his vicarious death and resurrection. Thanks be to God.
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 327 [Red] The Church’s One Foundation
Eric White will be teaching Sunday School on Question 34:
34. Q. When will Christ return to establish his kingdom on earth?
A. Christ will return to establish his kingdom on earth after the Great Tribulation and before his 1,000 year reign from the throne of his father David. (Rev. 19:11, 20:1-6; Matt. 24:29-31, Dan. 7:13-14; Psa 132:11; Isa 9:7; Luke 1:32)