Holy Week: When God Is Silent
Topic: Easter Passage: Romans 8:28–8:28
Luke 24:19–21 (ESV)
And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
Luke 24:25–26 (ESV)
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
Matthew 17:22–23 (ESV)
Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection
As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,
and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.
Matthew 26:28 (ESV)
for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Romans 1:4 (ESV)
and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Romans 1:16–17 (ESV)
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Romans 8:17–18 (ESV)
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:20–22 (ESV)
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
Romans 8:23 (ESV)
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:26 (ESV)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
What to do on Saturday Before Easter
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
1. Define what your living for! What is the GOOD that all things are working together for?
Romans 8:29 (ESV)
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be
conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
2. God is WORKING...
Isaiah 40:12 (ESV)
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
3. in ALL THINGS, even Saturdays
1. For those who do not know Christ...
2. Confront your sin, define what is good...
3. Go back to what you know: “in spite of this, WE KNOW”
4. Easter is coming...
Communion Congregational Reading
Romans 8:35–39 (ESV)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.