We are reminded daily that this world is not the way it was meant to be. This pandemic is just one more example of how creation has been “subjected to futility” and is groaning in “bondage to corruption” (Romans 8:20) and that “death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Statistically, you may be at low-risk of death from COVID-19, but death has a 100% success rate. I was reminded of a song by Shai Linne called I’m the One, written from the perspective of death personified. The chorus says:
I’m the One that’s broadcast on the news nightly
I’m the One that most take too lightly
I’m the One that’s been the enemy for centuries
You’ll all come to me eventually
It couldn’t be a better time for Passion Week.
“At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:8-9)
This week we will gather for three livestream services to retrace Jesus’ final steps to the cross, to the grave, and out of the empty tomb. Because of these things (not in spite of), Jesus is crowned with glory and honor. We’ve titled the series Crown Him. The question is, have you crowned Him with the glory and honor He’s due? He already has it, but have you acknowledged it and crowned Him King of your life?
Our preaching schedule this week will be as follows.
Palm Sunday: The Sacrificial King (Adam Day)
Good Friday: The Crucified King (Randall Gruendyke)
Resurrection Sunday: The Risen King (Kip Dochterman)
Our passage this Sunday will be John 12:12-26. Would you pray for Adam and Randall and Kip as they prepare these messages? We have a tremendous opportunity to reach those who have not crowned Jesus King with the good news this week through these livestream services. Let’s pray!
HERE’S WHAT WE’LL BE SINGING THIS SUNDAY