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Life for the Dying: In the Night My Hope Lives On (#4, 2016-0424)

. 3 min read

Call to Worship, Psalm 100
Children, John
10.1-18
Message, Revelation 5.1-14, with
John 10
Song, “In the Night”, vv 3-4, 7-8
Song: In the Night (Andrew
Peterson), including lyrics below
I see the slave that toils
beneath the yoke unyielding
And I can hear the captive groan,
hear the captive groan
For some hand to stay the whip
his foe is wielding
Still in the night my hope lives
on
I see the armies of the enemy
approaching
And the people driven, trembling,
to the shore
But a doorway through the waters
now is opening
So in the night my hope lives on
      Oh
in the night …
Well, I remember how they scorned
the son of Mary
He was gentle as a lamb, gentle
as a lamb
He was beaten, he was crucified,
and buried
And in the night, my hope was
gone
But the rulers of this earth
could not control Him
No they did not take his life–he
laid it down
And all the chains of death could
never hope to hold him
So in the night my hope lives on
My need to hear and preach this
      Crave
the story and hope of resurrection
      And
my inability to do so – lack understanding, face death
Death is such a present reality
      All
of us are dying
      Life
is a terminal disease
I am grieving

Images in the Scripture texts:
(John writing, with roots in Isaiah)
Lion – Lamb
      Victor
and Victim
      Language
of Israel’s sacrificial worship (Leviticus 14.13)
      Language
of Passover Lamb (2 Chronicles 30, 35)
Root
      Of
the stump, generates new life
Shepherd, Gate
      Lay
down life (shepherd lays down as “gate” for the sheep)
Images in the song lyrics:
“He was gentle as a lamb”
      Isaiah
the prophet, “lamb led to slaughter” (Isaiah 53.7)
      John’s
gospel introduces Jesus as
            “The
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”
            (John
1.29, 36)
      Remember
him in his death
      The
crucifix
“No they did not take his life,
he laid it down”
John 10:17-18  For this reason the Father loves me, because I
lay down my life in order to take it up again. 
18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own
accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again.
John 15:13 No one has greater love than
this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that he
laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
“Service of Death and
Resurrection”
      Hope
for the future
      What
about hope for the now?
      What
does it mean to live now in the hope of resurrection?
A life laid down is a life lived
            Focused
on others
            Driven
by love
            Sustained
by the hope of resurrection
      Shirley
and Lee Wetzel
      Donna
Druck
      NOT
treating the other as a “project” (Jesse’s teacher)
      Dad
a “good investor”
Resurrection makes it possible to
lay our lives down in hope
Resurrection makes it possible –
here and now – for us to know the love of the one who laid his life down for us

Dad: I am going to Love