Worship Preparation: January 26, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Read the sermon text: John 19:1-16

Read the sermon summary: This Sunday we will resume our sermon series through the Gospel of John. In this passage Jesus is portrayed as the Suffering Servant and a King. The tension is between Jesus and Pilate is heightened as Jesus claims that he is under an authority higher than Pilate. The climax of this episode seems to be the response of the Jewish leaders to Pilate in verse 15, “We have no king but Caesar,” betraying their own hearts in relation not only to Jesus, but also to God. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Why might Pilate have been “even more afraid” (v. 8) when he heard that Jesus “made himself the Son of God”? What does Jesus mean that Pilates authority “had been given you from above” (v. 11)? What is the change in tactic that the Jewish leaders make from verse 7 and verse 12? Why is the claim in verse 15 by the chief priests that “we have no king but Caesar” so shocking?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Hyfrydol)
Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart
 
Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne
 
CCLI Song # 31999
Charles Wesley | Rowland Hugh Prichard
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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