Jesus in His claim to be the way, the truth and the life provides a powerful reply to Peter and Thomas who deeply want to follow Christ wherever it is that He goes. Their vision is limited and earthly, but Christ is speaking in terms of the kingdom of God. He is speaking in terms of true reality. Jesus is the Christ. He is THE truth. The idea behind this word is that of not being hidden. The absence of hiddenness. There is nothing hidden from Christ or in Christ because He is the very essence of life. He is the pathway to the Father because He was in the beginning and is God. All things are upheld by Him and without Him nothing exists. He entered into the Holy of Holies and is our pathway into the presence of the Father. Through Christ we know the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
Christ is also presented as the true vine. It is not association with some earthly nation or religion, but association with the true Vine (Jesus Christ) that provides the fruit necessary to please the Creator of the universe. Those who are in Christ join together and worship the true Creator as Christians in the Church, but we must always remember, it is Christ, our Head, that earned our salvation, shows us the Father, and leads us to Him in peace. The majesty of our God is made known as we realize all of this is given to us through faith in Christ. As He strengthens our faith through the Word, prayer, and sacraments, our joy in this life increases because we see the kingdom of God more clearly. We no longer proclaim with Peter, “I will lay down my life for you,” but we shout, “Thank you, Lord Jesus, for laying down Your life for me!”
Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.
The Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-7
Leader: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
People: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Leader: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; Let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
People: In His hands are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.
Leader: Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is ourGod
People: And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
The Call to Confession: Malachi 3:6-7 & Numbers 23:19
Leader: “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.”
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
The Prayer of Confession: 1 Timothy 2:5-6
All: Holy Lord, we have sinned times without number, and have been guilty of pride and unbelief. We have failed to find Your mind in Your Word, and neglected to seek You in our daily lives. Please forgive us. Thank You for laying our sin on Christ rather than counting it against us.
(A time of silent confession before God)
The Promise of Forgiveness: Colossians 1:13-14
Leader: “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
The Affirmation of Faith The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 57-58
Leader: What comfort does the “resurrection of the body” give you?
People: That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its head; but also, that this my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ.
Leader: What comfort do you take from the words “life everlasting”?
People: That since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, after this life, I shall inherit perfect salvation, which “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man” to conceive, and that to praise God therein for ever.
The Scripture Reading: John 14:1-6; 15:5
The Preaching of God’s Word
The Bringing of Tithes and Offerings
The Response of Praise
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.