Worship Preparation: December 19, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021
Read the sermon texts: 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; Ephesians 1:1-12; Romans 5:12-21
Read the sermon summary: Merry Christmas, CCR Family! What a joyful season in which we uniquely celebrate the birth of Jesus! What is it about the birth of baby Jesus that stirs up our affections for the Lord? What is the source of the Christian's great Joy at Christmas? Have you ever heard someone remark, "We celebrate Christmas because we know what happens on Easter"? Maybe you're like me and have made this claim, but what does this statement communicate? In one sense, this notion attempts to uphold Paul's words in Romans 1, that God the Father confirmed that Jesus, the boy in a manger whose birth we celebrate on Christmas, was, in fact, the Messiah King; God affirmed this by resurrecting Christ from the dead by the power of his Spirit (Rom 1:1-4). But in another sense, this statement may inadvertently communicate that the Incarnation of Christ was merely the passing means to the Passion's ends, that Jesus's humanity was little more than a necessity of his prophesied suffering and crucifixion. Is it important that Christ was a human? If so, what was the nature of this humanity? How might Jesus's humanity play a critical role in the work of atonement, and what hope could this give us for our future? Consider Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 15 regarding the contrasts between perishable and imperishable bodies.
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven's praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living in His suff'ring
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father's plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured love untold
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e'er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv'rance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes
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Preaching: Seth Hubler
Leading Music: Keaton Ketchum

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