Worship Preparation: February 16, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Read the sermon text: John 19:31-42

Read the sermon summary: In our passage for this Sunday, there are two main scenes: the piercing of Jesus’ side and his burial. In the first scene, the author emphasizes the truth of what he has written based on the testimony of an eyewitness. This emphasis is given for the sake of faith (v. 35, “that you also may believe”). In addition, the author connects the piercing of Jesus’ side with two quotations from the Old Testament; Exodus 12:36 and Zechariah 12:10. In the second scene, we encounter two disciples of Jesus, both portrayed as “secret disciples.” Joseph of Arimathea is explicitly called so and Nicodemus, the author reminds us, “earlier had come to Jesus by night.” The participation of these two disciples signals their willingness to come out into the open with their faith in Jesus. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Many Christians have seen the “blood and water” as symbolic. Do you think there is any symbolism here… why or why not? Considering the context of Exodus 12:36 and Zechariah 12:10, what purpose do you think the author had in referring to these passages?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Hamburg)
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
Forbid it Lord that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood
See from His head His hands His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing so divine
Demands my soul my life my all

Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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