Malagasy Lutheran Church
Song & Gospel
Passover – April 22-27, 2019
“Christ is exalted”
Introduction: ”Christ is exalted”: this primarily expresses the manifestation of the glory of God, in that He raised Him up from the dead. God raised up His Son Jesus Christ, indeed, because He had honoured Him by His obedience to His words and His compliance to His will. In this respect Jesus said, ”For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day” John 6:38-39. This means reviving what is dead—even us who are dead because of sin, for sin is ”the sting of death” (1 Cor.15:56a). To this end, Christ died to save us ((Rom.5:8). And just as He died for our wrongdoings, so He rose to life to raise us up and to justify us who are dead because of our unrighteousness (Rom.4:25). Thus, He accepted to endure up to death in order to raise us from the dead and to enable us to live just as He does (John 14:19). For He took on the likeness of the sinner and accepted everything up to death in order to glorify the Father. In that respect, this was the prayer He offered up, ”I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed” John 17:4-5. The glory of God through which Jesus was exalted was his victory over the tomb and his own resurrection from the dead. So was fulfilled and displayed the full authority that has been given Him, in that He lives and is able to revive even the dead (John 11:25). In truth, Jesus is risen and He is alive forever and ever and He holds the keys of death and of hades (Rev. 1:18). In this regard, Paul the Apostel declares: ”Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him” 2 Tim.2:11. ”Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will live!”
Monday 22: God exaltes His Servant.
“He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted” Isaiah 52:13b.
Reading 1: John12: 27-32. Reading 2: Isaiah 52:13-15. Preaching 1 (free choice). Preaching 2: Isaiah 52:13.
Introduction: God honours those who honor Him (1 Sa.2:30), therefore He exalted His Servant. The reason Jesus came was to glorify and to honour the Father by accepting to do His will, enduring up to death in order to redeem the sinners. In this respect, it is written, ”But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Rom.5:8.
Tuesday 23: Christ, atonement for his people.
“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” 1 Cor.5:7b.
Reading 1: John 6:52-58. Reading 2: 1 Cor.5:7-8. Preaching 1 (free choice). Preaching 2: 1 Cor.5:7.
Introduction: Jesus Christ is the stainless Lamb that God has provided to take away the sin of the world (John1:29). He was the offering that totally pleased God because of His compliance to His will. “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” Heb.10:10.
Wednesday 24: Christ overcame the tomb.
“He has risen! He is not here” Mark 16:6b.
Reading 1: Ps.16:4-11. Reading 2: Mark 16:1-7. Preaching 1 (free choice). Preaching 2: Mark16:5-7.
Introduction: Just as He had raised Lazarus from the dead, He also rose by the power of the Spirit of God who is able to revive even the dead (Rom.4:17). Jesus’resurrection is a great message of the Gospel that is meant to lift up our cowering heads, overwhelmed by our many struggles and weaknesses. It also urges us to seek the One who is alive forever and ever. To all those who believe in his resurrection Jesus says: “Because I live, you also will live” John 14:19b.
Thursday 25: Christ sets men free.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:36.
Reading 1: Heb.2:10-18. Reading 2: John 8: 31-36. Preaching 1 (free choice). Preaching 2: John 8:34-36.
Introduction: The liberation that Jesus gives to men is complete and perfect, because He took all that concern them on Himself, according to what is written, “rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Phi.2:7-8. All the dead work in us has been abolished along with Jesus’death (Heb.9:4): sin, decay and unbelief! “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation” 2Cor.5:17 a.
Friday 26: Christ raises up the sinners.
“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” Mt.9:2b.
Reading 1: Isaiah 44:21-23. Reading 2: Mt.9:1-8. Preaching 1 (free choice). Preaching 2: Mt.9:1-2.
Introduction: Paul the Apostel cried out, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” Rom.7:24, that is, who will change him so that he may have the true godly attitude (1 Ti.2:2) Certainly not his fellow men, even less so himself. Christ, the Lord’s Servant, has come to “to proclaim … release to the prisoners” Isaiah 61.1d, even those bound by sin and their sinful nature which condemn them. To those who seek forgiveness and true transformation, Jesus fulfills the words He said to Zacchaeus: “Today salvation has come to this house” Luke 19:9a.
“CHRIST IS EXALTED”
Saturday 27: Christ raises up the dead.
“I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25a.
Reading 1: 1 Thess.4:13-18. Reading 2: John 11:21-27. Preaching 1 (free choice). Preaching 2: John 11:25.
Introduction: Raising up the dead and giving life is an attribute of Jesus as God and Savior. Blessed are those who believe in Him, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” John 3:36. To those who seek his salvation, He is still willing to say: “get up!” Mark 5:41c.
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