These words of the psalmist are familiar to many of us. “This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). These words can roll off our lips quite easily on a Sunday morning or Thursday evening just prior to worship, after all worship in God’s house is a great place to be at the beginning of the day or the close of the day. But how about in the middle of the day?
As we come into the month of March, we are in the heart of our Lenten / Easter series “The Hands of the Passion”. Here are the themes we will be speaking of on our Thursday evening worship services @ 7:00 p.m.:
March 4th “Hands of Misguided Zeal” Peter
March 11th “Hands of Hypocrisy” Caiaphas
March 18th “Hands of Brutality” Soldiers
March 25th “Hands of Self-Preservation” PIlate
Are these the types of hands we want surrounding us in these days? Life, family, friends, and health concerns have been anything but helpful these past 12 months. So why these themes? How are these themes going to “let us rejoice and be glad in it.” These hands are a reminder of the cold, cruel world we live in. The world we live in is not about anyone else but ourselves. It’s the course of sin and the path to eternal destruction.
As we come together for these worship services:
- We will be reminded not only of our “misguided zeal” like Peter, but also reassured of the righteous passion of the Savior God in Jesus for our sins.
- We will be reminded of the “hypocrisy” of Caiaphas and ourselves, but also reassured of our Jesus who alone is “the truth.”
- We will not only be reminded of the “brutality” dished upon our Jesus and our part in that, but also the reminder that He endured suffering on our behalf that our sins would be covered.
- We will be reminded of Pilate’s and our own sinful concern for “self-preservation” often in direct contrast to the people God has called us to be; but we will also remember that our Lord Jesus gave Himself up fully and completely that we would have the certainty of life, forgiveness, and eternal life by grace through faith in Him alone.
Join us for these special services in March. Our psalmist surrounded God’s Words with the two-fold promise in verses 23 and 25: “This the Lord’s doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.” and “Save us we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success.” Indeed He will through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Shalom in Jesus,
Pastor Peter M. Peitsch