Spirit and Truth: 1/27/13

Worship in Song

“And Can It Be” by Charles Wesley

I love the first verse of this old song:

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain
For me who Him to death pursued

As we sing this song together we marvel in wonder that God would come and die for us. It’s not as if God came to die for a group of really good, worthy, upstanding, righteous people. Praise God that is not the case! If it were, we would all surely be forever lost. No, God came to die for sinners like you and like me. “Amazing love! How can it be that Thou my God would be for me?”

“Jesus Paid It All” by Alex Nifong and Elvina M. Hall

Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have been saved. If you have been in church for a large portion of your life or grown up in the Bible Belt, this seems like old news, right? Let’s pause for a moment, however, to let the reality of that statement sink in.

If we have been saved, obviously, we needed to be saved from something or someone. We, as believers, have been saved from the wrath and judgment of the Almighty King of the Universe. In our sin, we had stored up punishment for ourselves for offending our Heavenly Father. That punishment could not, simply, go away.

No, someone had to face that judgment and pay the debt that was owed. It could either be us (the guilty ones) or someone else in our place. The good news is that Jesus Christ (God, himself) has come into the world to save sinners. He has taken the punishment! He has paid the debt! He has faced the wrath of God and taken our judgment upon himself! Let’s raise our voices and our hands as we proclaim:

Oh, praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead!

Sermon Text

Matthew 5:1-12

We’ve been working our way through The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. This week we’ll focus on verse 5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

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