Friday, December 05, 2008

Called to Grace and Glory

The Bible tells us of an occasion when one of Jesus' dear friends died. Jesus was not present at Lazarus' death. He arrived after Lazarus had been buried for four days. But there was a purpose in all of this. Jesus was about to dramatically demonstrate that he is the resurrection and the life. He told the people to take away the stone covering of the cave where Lazarus was buried, and he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" And with powerful simplicity the Bible says that "the man who had died came out."

Jesus has the power and the authority to call the dead to life, because God the Father has granted him to have life in himself. That is very good news for us, for we are naturally dead in trespasses and sins. And when the Father calls us, Christ becomes to us the power of God and the wisdom of God. God gives us life in Christ, whom he makes our wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption! God's call effects in us exactly what we need to enjoy eternal life with him.

Join us as we worship the God of power and love who calls us to grace and glory!

Songs
O Come, All Ye Faithful (#88)
Angels We Have Heard on High (#89)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (#87)
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (#90)
How Sweet and Awful Is the Place (#238)
Let Us Love (#483)

Scripture Reading
The Coming of the Lamb of God - John 1:1-34

Sermon
Blessing God for Blessing Us In Christ with...Effective Calling
1 Corinthians 1:23-24

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