Preparing for Worship: April 6, 2014
The sermon text for this week is from Luke 19:45-48, which has to do with Jesus “cleansing” the temple and teaching the people at that location. This serves as a sort of bracketing of Jesus’ earthly ministry as presented in Luke’s Gospel, with Jesus teaching at the temple in both Luke 2 at the beginning of his life (as a 12 year old) and Luke 19 at the end of his life. In the first instance, the scribes and teachers at the temple are amazed at Jesus’ understanding of the scripture. They seem to be receiving his instruction as they would a bonafide teacher of the law. In the latter instance, however, “the chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.” Clearly the temperament of the temple leaders has changed, which eventually leads to Jesus’ crucifixion in the coming chapters.
Songs that we will sing on Sunday included the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. O Worship the King
2. Let Us Adore
3. Man of Sorrows
4. In the Name of God
5. Come to Me