The preaching text for Sunday will be John 11:55-12:11. John’s Gospel can be divided into two sections. First, you have chapters 1-11:54, where John communicates significant moments in Jesus’ earthly ministry. These moments include miracles and proclamations that point to Jesus as God the Son, sent by the Father to redeem God’s people. This first section covers the span of around three years. Second, you have chapters 11:55-21, where John records the last week of Jesus’ earthly life along with some post-resurrection information. The point is, we have reached the second half of John’s gospel. We are stepping into the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial and crucifixion are only a handful of days away. Before Jesus comes back to Jerusalem he will spend an evening with his disciples and friends in the village of Bethany. They are holding an appreciation dinner for Jesus. Now, there are many reasons why they are doing this, but most notably they are honoring Jesus for raising Lazarus from the dead, for being the resurrection and the life. It’s at this dinner where John, an eye-witness to these events, gives us one of the most memorable pictures of Christian devotion. Also, as is very often the case with John, he wants to draw a contrast, so while we see a picture of Christian devotion, we also see a picture of what it looks like to hate Jesus. The lines of belief and unbelief will continue to become clearer and clearer as Jesus gets closer to the cross. May we all meditate on who Jesus is, and based on that be mindful of the kind devotion does he deserves! Is that level of devotion reflected in our lives?
Sermon Title: “A Picture Of Christian Devotion”
Sermon Text: John 11:55-12:11
Meditation Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8
Call To Worship: Psalm 34:1-3
Benediction: 1 Peter 1:18-21
Songs For Sunday: