Brothers and sisters,
As we enter into the days just before the death and resurrection of our Lord, I pray that the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ will capture your hearts afresh!
Last week we came to the end of our sermon series, “Habakkuk: Tough Questions for Troubled Times.” We have seen the prophet Habakkuk progress from complaint to trust, from sorrow to joy, and from circumstantial devastation to unshakeable God-centeredness.
This progression is most visible in Habakkuk 3:16-19. The prophet begins by confessing his great devastation. Seeing his beloved nation fall under Babylon’s sword, he says, “…rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me” (Hab. 3:16b). Next, the prophet accepts the loss. “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food…” (3:17). He does not sweep the devastation under the rug, but acknowledges it. Finally, the prophet centers himself on God. “…yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take my joy in the God of my salvation” (3:18). His circumstances have not changed, but his heart has been changed by setting his gaze on the unchangeable goodness and sovereignty of God. Are there currently circumstances in your life upon which your joy is dependent? How might God-centeredness bring you from sorrow to trust and joy?
This Friday (14th) we will reflect on the sobering truth that the perfect Son of God hung on a cross for our sins. Join us for a solemn service at 6pm in the church auditorium. Childcare and dinner will be provided.
This Sunday (16th) we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Join us at 10:00am for a brunch followed by an Easter service at 10:45am. There will be an Easter egg hunt after the service for preschoolers and children. Be sure to invite a friend!
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Your brother in Christ,