|Worship Service Schedule
Sunday Worship Service
- 9:00 am. Communion on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
- 11:15 am. Communion on 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Monday Worship Service
- 7:00 pm. Communion follows 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday.
God's Word This Week
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
(2 April 2017)
John 11:1–45 (46–53) or John 11:17–27, 38–53
Jesus Christ Is the Resurrection and the Life
The illness and death of Lazarus happened "that the Son of God may be glorified through it" (John 11:4). Jesus' miracle of raising Lazarus prompted His arrest and crucifixion, whereby He would die "for the nation" and gather "into one the children of God who are scattered abroad" (John 11:51–52). As He called Lazarus from the tomb and commanded others to "unbind him, and let him go" (John 11:44), Jesus also calls us and releases us from the bondage of sin and death. We would not "submit to God's law," nor could we "please God" (Rom. 8:7–8), but "he condemned sin" in His own flesh so "that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us" (Rom. 8:3–4). Now through the Gospel, "the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells" in us (Rom. 8:11). His Word breathes His Spirit into our mortal flesh, animating us with His own life. As His ministers preach according to His divine command, the Lord Jesus calls us from the grave into the good land that He gives us (Ezek. 37:12, 14).