Jesus Is Better: Better Priest
We'll continue our study of Hebrews with a look this week at chapter 7 and Jesus as our Better Priest. It is also Reformation Sunday so these themes will naturally overlap really well with each other.
"The Church's One Foundation"
We'll start the corporate singing by establishing that there is one true church with Christ as its head. There are so many great things about the first verse to ponder as you prepare for worship this Lord's Day morning. "The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; she is his new creation by water and the Word: from heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died."
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
We'll then sing the traditional Reformation Sunday text by Martin Luther. While this song gives us much in the way of material for this particular Sunday, I find it to also be really timely for us in our present context as we continue to remind ourselves of our reason for hope. Here are the first two verses: "A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great; and armed with cruel hate; on earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he, Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle."
The corporate singing will play off of that and conclude with the reason for our hope – Jesus, as our Better Priest. As our priest, he has paid our penalty and now lives to make intercession for us. We can know with certainty because of this that we are truly freed from the bondage of sin and death! In light of this, we'll raise our voices together, "Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free! Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me! You have broken every chain. There's salvation in your name. Jesus Christ, my living hope!"
Response – "Behold the Lamb"
After observing the Lord's Supper and hearing his word preached, we'll respond with the words of the communion hymn. The first three verses speak about the table and the last verse functions to send us back into the world. "And so with thankfulness and faith, we rise to respond and to remember our call to follow in the steps of Christ as his body here on earth. As we share in his suffering, we proclaim Christ will come again! And we'll join in the feast of heaven around the table of the King."