FLM TOBY FANANTENANA 67 Ha
Communion’s prayer, Sunday III before Easter
Week from 27 March to 01 April, 2017
“The covenant of redemption”
Introduction: The main purpose of “the covenant of redemption” is to reconcile men with God. This covenant is required as this constitutes the guarantee upon which God founds the execution of his plan of redemption. This is consistent with the oath that the Sovereign LORD has made to His chosen people and nation, including not only Israel but also the church of God, saying: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you” Is.54:10. And because the covenant of redemption is sealed by blood, the Father gave up His only Son Jesus Christ for our sake, as stated by John the Baptist: “Look, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Jn 1:29b. Therefore all those who believe in Jesus’ work of redemption for the forgiveness of sins (Eph.1:7) will be reconciled to God and will be His heirs (Rom 8: 17), in order to fulfill what it is written: “I have summoned you by name, you are mine” Is 43:1b.
Monday 27: The Messiah, “covenant of redemption” for the people.
“I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people” Is 49:8b.
Reading 1: Mk 14:17-24; Reading 2: Is 49:8-13; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Is 49: 8. Other references:
– “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever” Ezek 37:26.
– “For this reason He had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people” Heb 2:17.
Tuesday 28: Jesus guarantees the redemption of life.
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” Jn 6: 35.
Reading 1: Ex 16:21-30; Reading 2: Jn. 6:30-36; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn. 6:35. Other references:
– “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” Jn 3:36a.
– “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” Jn 6:54.
– “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” Jn 10:10b.
Wednesday 29: The blessing of being in the sanctuary of redemption.
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you” Ps 84:4
Reading 1: Jn 8:31-35; Reading 2: Ps 84:1-4; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Ps 84:4. Other references:
– “Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple” Ps 65:4.
– “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” Jn 14:3.
Thursday 30: Eternal life is the inheritance of redemption.
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life” Jn 6:27a.
Reading 1: 1 Cor 15:13-22; Reading 2: Jn 6:24-29; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 6:27. Other references:
– “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare” Is 55:2.
– “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Mt 16:26a.
– “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Mt 6:33.
Friday 31: The eternal redemption is received by faith.
“And whoever lives and believes in me will never die” Jn 11:26.
Reading 1: Rev 14:12-16; Reading 2: Jn 11:17-27; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 11:25-26. Other references:
– “Then Jesus said: ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Jn 11:40.
– “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death” Heb 11:19.
Saturday 01: Whoever wants to live must turn away from sin.
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you” 2 Cor 6:17.
Reading 1: Jn 5:1-14; Reading 2: 2 Cor 6:14-18; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: 2 Cor 6:17. Other references:
– “Say to them: ‘as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?” Ezek 33:11.
– “Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues” Rev 18:4.
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