All Things New (Holy Week 2022)
God sees a world in disrepair. His people are stained with sin, worn down with the weight of their troubles because their world is anything but perfect.
And so, God steps in. Because of His endless love for us, He didn’t just wipe the world clean and start over. Instead, He sent His Son Jesus to make everything new. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the grave, we can have renewed relationships with God and one another. We don’t have to be stuck in our old lives anymore. We’re raised with Jesus to have new life right now. The old is gone. The new has come!
In this series, we’ll look at how Jesus brings us a new covenant promise from God, a new relationship with God, and a new life in Jesus. Because Jesus lives, we get to experience what it’s like to have all things new.
April 14, 2022: New Covenant (Maundy Thursday)
The prophet Jeremiah preaches a warning to his people about the destruction that was to come for Israel. But he also gives them hope of a new covenant that God promises to make with His people through which He will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. God promises this covenant through his Son, Jesus.
God knows we can’t achieve the perfection He demands of us. We messed up the old covenant He gave, so God gives us a new one that is solely dependent on Him. When we take part in the Lord’s Supper which Jesus instituted the night before he sacrificed his life for us, God reminds us of the new covenant given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice.
Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Sermon Text: Luke 22:19-20
April 15, 2022: New Relationship (Good Friday)
God commanded separation between Himself and the Israelites. In both the tabernacle and the temple in the Old Testament, the people were separated from the Holy of Holies (where God dwelt) by a curtain. Because of their sin, the people could not approach God.
Because of Jesus, all of that has changed. When Jesus died on the cross that first Good Friday, the temple curtain was torn in two. The dividing wall of sin came down, and we now have a renewed relationship with God. We can now approach God with confidence that he hears and knows us.
Scriptures: Exodus 26:31-35
Sermon Text: Matthew 27:50-51
April 16 & 17, 2022: New Life (Easter at Victory)
On the first Easter, the resurrected Jesus appeared to the women at the tomb and to his disciples, and it changed everything. Despair turned to hope. Grief turned to joy. Because Jesus is alive, we too have new life.
This new life means we can put our old ways behind us. We can “set our minds on things above”, living lives of love inspired by the love God showed us when he forgave all our sins through Jesus. The old is gone. The new has come. Let’s start living our lives as new people in Christ!
Scriptures: John 13:34-35
Sermon Text: Colossians 3:1-14