"Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a Man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken." (Isaiah 32:1-3)
COME WORSHIP CHRIST OUR KING TUNE TO "AMAZING GRACE" CM WORDS BY JIM BYRD
1. I call on you who know the Lord, Come worship Christ our King; Proclaim the glories of His name, And praises to Him sing.
2. â€˜Twas Christ who represented us In old eternity; The Father gave us unto Him, In covenant decree.
3. In time our Savior came and lived A life of uprightness; He walked before the law of God, In perfect holiness.
4. Upon the cross of Calvary, "â€˜Tis finished," Jesus cried; And when He bowed His head and died, The law was satisfied.
5. The Sovereign sits upon His throne, For us to intercede; He is our Prophet, Priest and King, Who meets our evâ€™ry need.
6. Soon He shall come in majesty And catch His bride away; Then we shall sing His worthy praise, For an eternal day.
SCRIPTURE READINGS TODAY: MORNING: HEBREWS 11:1-10 EVENING: JOHN 6:59-71
DEAD TO SIN "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romansã€€6:11). In the everlasting covenant of grace, our eternal Surety became responsible and accountable to God for the sins of all those given and entrusted to Him by the Father. When He died upon the cross, our sins were put to death with Him. Since Christ has died for our sins, and since our sins died with Him, the law of God has no more right to condemn us than it has to condemn Him. Divine justice must now deal with us as it deals with Him. "He that is dead is freed (justified) from sin" (Romansã€€6:7). As Christ is free from sinâ€™s curse, so are all those in whose stead He died. Rejoice child of God in this glorious gospel truth. Do you see your relationship to sin in Christ? You are dead to sinâ€™s condemning power and alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Reckon it to be so because the inspired Book of God says it is so. Here is our motivation for proper living in this world. Since Christ has removed our sin, "let not sin, therefore reign over your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" (verse 12). â€“Pastor Jim Byrd
GOOD NEWS A sinner must be convinced by the Holy Spirit of the holy character of God, the inflexibility of His law and of his own sinfulness and unworthiness to draw near to or please the Lord in any way before the gospel will be to him the message of good news. He must be brought to see he owes an infinite debt to the justice of God; a debt he has no ability to pay. Only upon being made aware of these things by the Spirit of grace will the gospel of Christ truly be the message of good news. It is then that the command, "behold the Lamb of God," will be lovingly and delightfully obeyed. It is then that the gospel will become "glad tidings of great joy." How thrilling it will then be to learn that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." The Son of God humbled Himself, taking into union with Himself human nature. Having lived a life of perfection under the watchful eye of Godâ€™s law, He then died on the cross, which death was in the stead of His guilty people thereby enabling God to be "a just God and a Savior." By His cross-death He made full compensation to the offended justice of God which demanded death for sin. He put away the iniquities of His people, satisfied infinite justice and brought in everlasting righteousness. This is good news indeed to a Spirit-convinced sinner, and the proof that He did accomplish the work of redemption is that He arose from the dead and ascended back to heaven. When once a sinner is brought to see Who Christ is and what He did for sinners, when shown by the Holy Spirit the glory of God in saving the guilty through the blessed Substitute and His sacrifice, he is thrilled in his soul with Christ and aborts every effort of self-salvation and casts Himself upon the mercy of God in the blessed Savior. Now the way of salvation in Christ is seen to be altogether wise and excellent and like the sweet Psalmist of Israel he says, "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name" (Psalm 103:1). â€“Pastor Jim Byrd