- Hymn of Praise # 193 O Jesus, We Adore Thee
Reading: John 18:1-14
Hymn # 181—2, 3
Reading: John 18:15-27
Hymn # 181—4
Reading: John 18:33-19:16
Hymn # 181—5
Reading: John 19:17-30
Hymn Go To Dark Gethsemane (See Insert)
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:24-25
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
We need to consider the events of Jesus' life and death.
Many people don't really understand the purpose of Jesus death.
Some see his death only as an example to us....to be good people....an example is no good unless it is something you can do yourself.
To understand his actions we need to understand ourselves. We are sheep that are straying. Sheep that get into trouble because they don't do well on their own. We aren't accidental wanderers, we are deliberate about it. A people alive to sin.
At the heart of us is sin.
This leads us to Christ's actions on our lives. Therefore Jesus was not an example because we are not inclined toward righteousness.
Jesus took up my sins and my deserved punishment. He did this for me. This is an action I can't truly follow/do.
Jesus left us able to fight the sin within us. If I trust in Christ sin has no power over me.
Christ died = freedom from sin. By trusting Jesus I am joined to him. Just as he died to din so did I. Doesn't mean that the struggle ends....but the power of sin over me is dead.
He are enabled now to hate the sin that is within. This draws us closer to Christ.
Hymn # 186 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Hymn # 175 Man of Sorrows
- Hymn # 188 There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood
- Hymn # 174 – 1 Praise The Saviour