Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

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In speaking on the incarnation of Christ, Gregory of Nazianzus said, “What has not been assumed was not been healed.” One of the earliest internal battles Christianity had to fight was on the two natures of Christ. How could one person be both fully God and fully man at the same time? It is a marvelous mystery that should lead us to worship and adore our great Savior. Early on, believers gravitated too far towards Jesus’ divinity and neglected his humanity (and today most people have swung the other way). When Gregory said, “What has not been assumed has not been healed,” he was referring to how Jesus had to become fully man in order to heal the broken natures of fallen men and women. If the Son of God did not take on a full humanity, he could not save you and me. In order to be our substitute, he had to take on our likeness. In order to be our mediator, he had to know what it is like to be human and know what it is like to be God.

It can often feel like you need a degree in theology to talk about difficult things like the Incarnation. There are plenty of grey areas that people love to debate, but the essentials are nicely summarized in the creeds and confessions of the church (they were intentionally written to be that way). Who is Jesus? Taken from the Nicene Creed, Jesus is “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God… Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man.” Can we fathom the depths of these truths? No. But, can we marvel at them and worship God because of them? Absolutely and I hope that we do.

As a friendly reminder, there’s a time-change this weekend! Don’t forget to change your clocks and we’ll see you bright and early on Sunday!

THE WORD

Scripture: Hebrews 2:14-18
Sermon: Sharing In Flesh and Blood

SONGS

Crown Him With Many Crowns (Traditional)
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What a Beautiful Name (Hillsong Worship)
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Jesus What a Friend For Sinners (Traditional)
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Song of Preparation: Here is Love (arr. Matt Redman)
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Song of Response: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus (Traditional)
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