Worship Preparation: December 23, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Read the sermon text: Hebrews 10:1-18

Read the sermon summary: At Christmas, we contemplate the gifts we give one another. We give not simply out of duty (hopefully), but as an expression of our love and devotion to others. We might think of the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus as the found him and worshiped him. Surely, we think of the gift God gave to us of his own Son. That’s why we celebrate Christmas. But have you ever considered that God gave his own Son as a gift to himself. In our passage for this week, we’re led to consider the insufficiency and ineffectiveness of the Old Testament sacrifices (and, by implication, any effort we could ever make to atone for our sin). Though they inform us of our desperate need for a sacrifice to be made clean before God, “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” In light of their impotence we read the Son saying to the Father in Heb. 10:5, “Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me.” This speaks of the incarnation. In his body, Jesus does what humans failed to do: perfectly obey the Father’s will. And he does what the law failed to do: provide a sufficient and effective sacrifice to take away sin. The incarnation of the Son always leads us to the crucifixion of the Son. The Father prepared a body for the Son, so that the Son would accomplish God’s will and offer himself back to God as a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice for sinners. In light of these truths consider the following questions: What more must you offer to God to be made clean before him? Why do you lack assurance of God’s acceptance of you? What application does the author give in the verses following our passage?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon: 

Jesus Paid It All
I hear the Saviour say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness watch and pray
Find in Me thine all in all
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Lord now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim
I'll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary's Lamb
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat

CCLI Song # 22331
Elvina Mabel Hall | John Thomas Grape
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Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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