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This Lord’s Day, our call to worship comes straight from the throne room of heaven: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing (Rev 5:12). The Son of God, the coming King, receives worship from the hosts of heaven itself, and so we have a Scripture mandate to worship him. Yet isn’t it remarkable that he receives worship as the Lamb who was slain. What makes him worthy of worship is not merely due to the fact that he is very God, but that he is also the Lamb. As v 9 makes clear, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed a people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Later in the book of Revelation, at the end of time in the Eternal State, the Lamb is still front and center. Rev 21:22 says, And I saw not temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And Peter tells us that, as far back as we look into the annals of divine history, we still find the Lamb, for the Lamb who was slain was foreknown before the foundation of the world (1 Pet 1:21).
In the prayer service, we’ll look at Psa 119 again. We’ll begin by singing again the hymn we’re learning this month, “I in the LORD Do Put My Trust” (Red 12).
The sermon this Sunday will bring the Passover forward. I will explain why it would have been right for believing Israelites to look for a future fulfillment of the Passover, and then show how Christ fulfills the Passover and his salvation fulfills the effects of the Passover. The Lord gave the Israelites the Passover to point them forward to a future salvation that he would provide through his own Son. This will be the matter before us this Lord’s Day.
Call to Worship: Revelation 5:12
Hymn 17 [Blue] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Congregational Reading: Psalm 40:4-10
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Hymn 263 [Red] O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Hymn 269 [Red] Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-21 & John 11:28-44
Ministry of Music: Come to the Waters
Hymn [Insert] Hail! Thou Once-Despised Jesus! The sermon will show how Jesus fulfills the type of the Passover. This hymn by John Bakewell (music by C. Hubert H. Parry) is one of the many we’ll be singing this Lord’s Day that speaks of Christ as our Passover Lamb. This theme is especially found in the second stanza: Pascal Lamb, by God appointed, all our sins on Thee were laid; by almighty Love anointed, Thou hast full atonement made: all Thy people are forgiven through the virtue of Thy blood; opened is the gate of heaven; peace is made ’twixt man and God. The term “Pascal Lamb” is another name for “Passover Lamb.” Just as God appointed the Passover in Exod 12, he appointed its fulfillment, Jesus Christ, to provide atonement for all believers through his blood.
Sermon: The Passover Fulfilled from Exodus 12
Hymn 296 [Red] Behold the Glories of the Lamb
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on the book of Deuteronomy.