Last week we heard from John 19:31-37 about the events that happened moments after the death of Jesus. In order to declare that Jesus was actually dead, a Roman solider pierced his side. The spear, upon exiting the wound, caused water and blood to pour forth out of Jesus. While this event is historically accurate, John shares these minute details with a purpose. John is saying that Jesus in his death has created a way to be guiltless and clean. Jesus is God’s solution to our sin. The blood that flowed from Jesus saves us from the guilt of sin. The water that flowed from Jesus washes us from the filth of sin. A song writer meditated on these truths many years ago and wrote the hymn, “Rock of Ages.” We responded to the preaching of the word last week by singing that very hymn. The first verse of that hymn is this:
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
Brothers and sisters in Christ: The water and the blood from Jesus’ side is the double cure – it saves us from wrath and it makes us pure. As Christians, we have been washed through Christ’s death to be saved and spiritual clean. Personal, active faith in Jesus is the only solution to our every spiritual need. This washing is not something we do, it is something that has been done. Let us live in the identity as people healed by the double cure of Christ. Amen.
New Connection Classes
A new round of connection classes are starting up this coming Sunday. If you haven’t already committed to attending one of these classes, this is a great time to jump in.
- 9:30 am – “Counterfeit Gods”
Our hearts crave to worship something, and often that something is not the one, true God. How can we identify our own idols and replace them with the only One who gives true fulfillment?
- 11:15 am – “Who Am I?”
We often find identity in things that eventually fail us. This class will explore how we can understand our identity in light of who God is and what he has done for us in Christ.
Our next members meeting is only days away! Please plan to join Church on Mill family on the evening of Sunday, May 20th at 6:00-8:00 to hear ministry updates, encouragements, and direction for the future of our church family.
The Lord’s Supper
This coming Sunday we will be taking the Lord’s Supper in our morning gatherings. The Lord’s Supper is intended to be a time where we remember and celebrate Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice, and where we pursue reconciliation among relationships in our church family as needed. I encourage you to prayerfully consider if there is a specific way that Jesus would have you respond to his word this week before we approach his table together.
Your brother in Christ,