The preaching text for Sunday is John 11:45-54. These verses record the aftermath of Jesus’ miracle in raising Lazarus from the dead. This is the last straw for Jesus’ opposition, the time for debate, character assassination and marginalization is over. The religious leaders and most powerful Jewish court come together to agree on one thing…Jesus must die. Now, there is a lot of irony in our text this week, and this idea that they are coming together to decide on Jesus’ death is ironic. It’s ironic because they aren’t determining anything at all because Jesus’ death was purposed by the Father long ago. As you read these verses this week, see how many specific points of irony you can find. Really, what we have going on in these verses is God’s grand redemptive design coming to pass in the religious leaders and highest court in the land resolving to see Jesus executed. Leading into the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, where many would say that things were wildly out of control, we see, in reality that God couldn’t have things more firmly in control. The same is true today, at this very moment, in midst of turmoil, pain and suffering, God is in control, and he is working to accomplish his purposes (which by the way are for the good of his people). May the Word of God profit our hearts this week as it teaches, reproves, corrects, trains us in righteousness, that we may be competent, equipped for every good work!
Sermon Title: “One Man To Die For The Many”
Sermon Text: John 11:45-54
Meditation Passage: Isaiah 53
Call To Worship: Revelation 5:9-14
Benediction: Philippians 4:8-9
Songs For Sunday:
Be Still My Soul