Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

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The gospel begins on the darkest day in history. But it is quickly followed by the brightest. The same Jesus who was crucified, died, and was buried, was then raised to life. Why was this the greatest day in human history? Because on Easter Sunday, Jesus conquered sin and death in order to save His people. In Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton beautifully describes what happened on Easter morning, “On the third day the friends of Christ coming at day-break to the place [where they had buried him] found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.” Christ’s death ushered in a new creation, and anyone who trusts in Him is now part of that new creation (I Corinthians 5:17).

But this doesn’t mean that the old fallen creation is completely gone. Christ’s resurrection inaugurated the new creation, the Kingdom of God, but Christ’s second coming will bring it to its fulfillment. Just as Christ walked out of the grave as the firstborn of the new creation, we too will one day walk out of the grave into a new creation. When Christ returns, the sting of death and the misery of sin will be done away with for good, and God will once and for all give us perfect joy in Himself as He wipes every tear from our eye and comes to dwell with us in the new heaven and new earth. And without Christ’s resurrection, none of that would be possible. Without Christ’s resurrection, the whole earth, you and me included, would be lost to the dominion of sin and death. But instead, we can look forward longingly for the day when both sin and death will be defeated forever.

This Sunday, we gather to worship a risen Lord. Jesus, our King, is alive, and we too are alive in Him. We worship a Redeemer who is alive, and one of the many reasons why we worship Him is because He has given us life. So come to your living Savior in praise.

THE WORD

Scripture: Luke 24:33-49
Sermon: Living in Resurrection Reality

SONGS

Worship Christ The Risen King
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Christ the Lord is Risen Today (NCC Worship)
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O Praise the Name (Anastasis) (Hillsong)
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Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Preparation: At the Foot of the Cross (Phil Wickham)
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Song of Response: In Christ Alone (Keith and Kristin Getty)
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