March 5, 2023 - Preparing for the Lord's DayMarch 2, 2023 Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
I remember the scene very clearly in my mind. I was taking an introduction to the New Testament course at the University of Georgia and the professor brought the whole class outside onto the North Campus lawn. It was a clear spring day in Athens. The sky was blue and the leaves were fresh and clean. The marks of God’s glory in creation were all around for anyone to see. Nevertheless, the main point that the professor wanted to make amid the glory of God’s creation was that we had no ground for believing in God. He threw out sophomoric arguments against the existence of God such as, “If God is all-powerful can he create a rock too heavy for him to lift?” And “If God is all good and in control why is there still evil in the world?” But the height of his foolishness came when he pointed to the sky and said if God really exists why doesn’t he write in the sky, “I am here! Believe in me!”
It was rather simple to see through his vain attempts at disproving the existence of God, but his approach reveals something fundamentally wrong with how we justify our belief in God. We feel as though we must offer proof that God is real. That we must put forward a logical theorem or a scientific experiment to justify his existence. But the truth of God is not revealed in such a manner. He does not write in the sky. He doesn’t exist as a philosophy. God is a person and therefore must be known as a person.
In our passage for this Sunday, the author of the Hebrews explains how we come to know God in the most full and complete way. And what we will see is that if we would know God then we must come to know him through his Son. To come prepared for the sermon take time this week to read and to meditate upon Hebrews 1:1-4, 2 Samuel 7:21-27, Psalm 2:7-8, Luke 10:21-22, Colossians 1:15-16, and Westminster Confession of Faith 8.
This week we will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during our worship service. As we receive the elements of bread and wine look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. For as we physically receive the signs of the Lord’s body and blood, spiritually we feed upon him and all his benefits. Our hymns for this week include “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” “Jesus Paid it All,” and “Lamb of God.”
Text: Hebrews 1:2b-4
Title: Like Father, Like Son
- Trust the Son as the Father’s Heir (vv. 2b, 4)
- Trust the Son as the Father’s Agent (vv. 2c, 3b)
- Trust the Son as the Father’s Glory (v. 3a)