Jesus Is Better: Better Rest
We'll continue "Jesus Is Better" this week with a look at chapters 3 and 4. Our central idea for the morning is that Jesus is willing and able to give us a "Better Rest."
Prelude – "My Redeemer's Love"
This song will serve to turn our hearts and minds towards Christ as we see him as our great Redeemer who loves us and gave himself for us. This will also be our newest congregational song so we'll begin learning it together this week. "Deeper than the rolling seas, higher than the mountain peaks, your love is all I need. Stronger than the rushing wind, shattering the power of sin your love is all I need."
"Christ Our Hope in Life and Death"
This song is full of references to Christ as our source of confidence and hope which leads us to a better rest found in him. Here are but a few: "What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone. What is our only confidence? That our souls to him belong. Who holds our days within his hand? What comes apart from his command? What will keep us to the end? The love of Christ in which we stand. What truth can calm the troubled soul? God is good, God is good. Where is his grace and goodness known? In our great Redeemer's blood. Who holds our faith when fears arise? Who stands above the stormy trial? Who sends the waves that draw us nigh unto the shore? The rock of Christ."
"My Hope Is Built"
We'll continue with that theme that our hope and true rest is found in our total reliance upon the rock of Christ himself. "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand."
"Just As I Am"
The text of Matthew 11:28-30 will shift us to a place of hearing Christ calling to us to come and find our rest in him. May Christ as our great Redeemer be a salve to the heart burdened by sin: "Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God I come, I come. I come broken to be mended. I come wounded to be healed. I come desperate to be rescued. I come empty to be filled. I come guilty to be pardoned by the blood of Christ the Lamb. And I'm welcomed with open arms, praise God, just as I am."
Response – "Doxology"
We'll respond to the word preached with the timeless text of the doxology. May the people of God ever give their praises to him alone!