This week's readings focus on the mercy and love of God in that, while we were unfaithful and never fulfilled our side of the covenant, God took this responsibility upon himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. In our Old Testament reading, God speaks the words of a new covenant through the prophet Jeremiah. This covenant will establish the law of God within the very hearts and minds of his people. This covenant will not be broken by our human weakness and frailty. It is, rather, a covenant in which God completes both ends of the bargain. In Hebrews, we read that this will be accomplished in Jesus Christ, our great high priest. It says in the reading that he was appointed to this position by God, and became salvation for us when "he learned obedience through what he suffered." And in our Gospel reading, we hear Jesus himself explain the mission God has given him: "Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” So we sing and pray and worship this week knowing that all our confidence and assurance of peace with God is mercifully granted by the merits of our priest and representative, the God-man Jesus. Glory to him forever!
A new song we will sing this week is "Lord, I Need You," which acknowledges Jesus as our "one defense, our righteousness." Here's the version we will be singing:
We'll also sing Matt Redman's arrangement of "Here is Love." You can listen to it here:
One more song you might not know is Fernando Ortega's "The Good Shepherd":
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!