April 21, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
The women who followed Jesus had an unfinished task to attend to on Sunday morning. Friday evening they had seen that the crucified body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. They had prepared spices and ointments to anoint the body. Yet evening came and they obediently rested on the Sabbath. Therefore, the body of our Lord remained in the grave undisturbed throughout the day on Saturday. On Sunday morning we read that the women rose at early dawn to finish their mourning ritual; to give Jesus a proper burial. Despite His repeated teaching, they came expecting to find a dead body. Nevertheless, what they found was an empty tomb and a divine message: "He is not here, but has risen!" Easter has come! Death had been defeated! Christ is risen! And forever will their task remain unfinished for death has no hold on our Savior! To come prepared for our Resurrection Day sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon Luke 24:1-12, Psalm 16:10, Isaiah 26:19, Romans 10:9, 1 Corinthians 15:12-28, and Westminster Confession of Faith 8.4.
This Easter Sunday we will celebrate that sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during our worship service. As we receive the elements of bread and wine we 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 to us. Our hymns for this week include "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today," "I Am the Bread of Life," and "The Day of Resurrection."
If you’re going to be out of town this Sunday, let me encourage you to listen to the sermon online (usually posted by Monday afternoon) or you can download the REPC podcast, which will be delivered to your mobile device.