Our April 11th service began with our call to worship, “In the Sweet By and By.” Brothers. Terry Wilburn sang “The Midnight Cry”. Special music was provided by the Mathis family, “Wouldn’t it have been” and “This world is not my home”. Brothers. Don’s sermon “A Torn Curtain and a Torn Centurion” is from Mark 15.
And Jesus cried out in a loud voice and breathed in his last breath. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion standing across from him saw him cry so and take his last breath, he said, “Verily, this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15: 37-39.
“And Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, and so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3: 14-15.
Numbers 21 recorded that the Israelites turned against God and Moses, angry over the food and no water. So God sent fiery snakes to bite people, and many died. Then they cried out to Moses to pray that God would take away the serpents. According to God’s direction, Moses made a fiery serpent out of bronze and placed it on a pole. Anyone who was bitten just had to look at the bronze snake and they would not die.
Jesus declared to Nicodemus that he was born again. In that scripture he was referring to passage number 21.
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3: 14-15.
It was necessary for Jesus to be lifted up on the cross so that man could give man a way back to God.
His last breath and the torn curtain.
When Jesus took his last breath at the same moment, the veil of the temple was torn. The priest was in the holy place and offered the evening sacrifice. As he peered into the Inner Sanctuary, he must have been terrified. It was completely torn from top to bottom and there was no one else around. The curtain was not a thin curtain, but a heavy curtain. It has not been borne by time or use. What should that mean? The curtain was no longer necessary. It had been a symbol of man’s sin that had built a wall between man and God. The torn curtain was the result of the perfect sacrifice that tore down the wall and bridged the distance between us and God.
His last breath and the torn centurion.
The watch that caused the crack. The centurion was torn between rejecting and accepting. He watched Jesus take his last breath. The centurion was a tough, experienced soldier who commanded 100 men. This was not his first crucifixion. He had watched Jesus react to the ridiculousness. He heard the words Jesus spoke to God and to the thieves on either side of him. He saw the way Jesus took his last breath.
The centurion’s answer to everything he witnessed:
“Verily, this man was the Son of God.”
• The Christmas shoe box collections in April are intended for cuddly toys.
There will be Bible practice this month. Our church exercise took place on April 14th. The unification exercise took place on April 18th. The state exercises will take place in New Albany on April 22nd.
• We currently hold church services at 11am on Sundays at the Family Life Center. The Ladies Sunday School Class takes place in the Sanctuary and the Men’s Sunday School Class in the Family Life Center. The children meet for Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday school takes place on Wednesday evening at 10 a.m. The adult Bible study takes place in the shrine and the children meet at 7 p.m. at the Family Life Center
Our services are still broadcast over the radio for those who are more convenient to hear from their vehicles in the parking lot. Recordings of the service, Wednesday night Bible study and Sunday school class are still available on our Facebook page
If you are looking for a meeting house, we would be delighted if you visit us. We are here to serve our community and we would consider it a privilege to help in any way we can.
There are still many in need of prayer for grief or illness. Let us lift her up every time we pray for comfort and a return to good health. Our country and our elected officials must also be prayed to to make good decisions that please God and bring glory to God.