This past weekend, for the Lord’s Supper, individuals and families across generations joined together to receive the Bread and the Wine. By coming forward to the Table, Communion was beautifully expressed in a powerful and reverential way. TCC is privileged to have so many generations worshipping together!
If you missed it, you can catch the sermon here.
Celebrating our heritage.
The call to remember the history of the fathers is very strong in Scripture. The people of God especially remember the great victory of the Lord at the Red Sea (literally: “sea of reeds”) when they left Egypt, “the house of slavery.” On that day Yahweh “made a name for himself” when He defeated Pharaoh through His servant Moses: “You divided the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on dry land, and you cast their pursuers into the depths, as a stone into mighty waters” (Nehemiah 9:10-11).
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We want to be our own masters.
But God’s people also remember their own stubbornness in responding to God’s favor of deliverance. This ‘stiffneckness’ is expressed through an image of an obstinate beast of burden who refuses to be led: “Our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments” (Nehemiah 9:16). This image is much like our own family dog Bruno, who is very cute, but he also needs a “gentle leader” to cooperate and walk with us.
In Christ, we renounce all other masters.
In Jesus, the Exodus victory takes on a significance of its own. He has become our Passover Lamb (John 1) and the One who has come to deliver us from our powerful enemies: sin, death and the devil. In the Gospel, we celebrate our victory through the ‘great exchange:’ our sinfulness for Jesus’ righteousness; His obedience for our rebellion. What a glorious way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by declaring our own independence, this time from much more powerful enemies than Pharaoh or King George III! At the cross, God showed Himself to be even greater than our own stiffneckness, so that we are able to heed the kindness of our savior: “Come to me , all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon me, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Reflection for the week:
The God of the Bible is “the God who forgives our sin” and who is greater than our own stubbornness and brokenness. Come to Him and He will give you rest.
Is God calling you out of brokenness and stiff-necked-ness into his light and easy yoke? If God’s been working in your heart and you would like to speak with a pastor, just reach out and let us know!