The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:11-17) tells the story of a miracle unique to the Gospel of Luke. The central point of the story appears in v. 16, “A great prophet has arisen among us.” The Old Testament predicted that God would raise up the ultimate prophet who would speak for Him. The point of this miracle was to demonstrate that Jesus is that Prophet. He is God’s promised Prophet, Priest, and King.
The hymns in our worship service will proclaim that Jesus, as Messiah, fulfills all these promises.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Welcome and Call to Worship
Hymn 126 (1, 3-5) Hark! The Glad Sound
Note: Our first hymn summarizes the words of Isaiah that Jesus read in the synagogue on the day he began his public ministry. The passage described the work of the promised Messiah—work fulfilled by Jesus (Luke 4:18-21).
Hymn 213 O Word of God Incarnate
Notes: Jesus is the Prophet who speaks for God. The pinnacle of God’s self-revelation is his own Son, Jesus Christ the living “Word.” And so we sing, “O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O truth unchanged unchanging , . . .” God’s truth, revealed in Jesus, comes to us through “the hallowed page” of Scripture.
Scripture Reading John 17:1-26
Notes: On the night before he died, Jesus prayed for himself (John 17:1-5), his disciples (John 17:6-19), and all of us who would believe the disciples’ message (John 17:20-26). Christ’s work as the Prophet of God is woven throughout the prayer in references to God’s words/message and truth that he brought.
Hymn 174 Arise, My Soul, Arise
Notes: Jesus is the Priest who brings us to God. This hymn reminds us of the “five bleeding wounds he bears, received on Calvary” to secure our forgiveness. The guilt that separated us from God is gone! Christ’s continuing intercession sustains and keeps us. Hence our confident cry, “Arise, my soul, arise! Shake off thy guilty fears.”
Message: The Great Prophet
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 184 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Note: Jesus is the King who rules for God. Jesus is God’s anointed King, “Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth.” This hymn expresses our longing for Christ to come and bring his gracious kingdom. In the meantime, we pray that he alone will “rule in all our hearts.”
Prayer Response: Mark Buhr
Benediction: John Miles