As a nation, we celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow. As we gather as a church today, we’ll take a moment to remember those who’ve sacrificed much for our nation. As we do that, we’ll remember, too, the ultimate sacrifice that was given by Jesus Christ on the cross.
When we begin our gathering today, we’ll read this scripture:
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:4-11 ESV)
We’ll follow the scripture with this song, “You Have Been Raised.”
How do we know we’ve been forgiven?
How do we know that we have been made clean?
How do we know we’ll go to heaven?
How do we know we’ve been redeemed?
You have been raised, the tomb has been opened
Nothing can take away our hope in You
You have been raised
You have been raised, the work is completed
Hell and its powers have been defeated
You have been raised
Now we are free from condemnation
There is no judgment left for us to fear
We don’t have to wonder if we’re welcome
You are the One who’s brought us near
The price You paid for us
Has fully been accepted
Because of Your shed blood
We cannot be rejected
Music by Mark Altrogge, Bob Kauflin, and Ken Boer; words by Mark Altrogge and Bob Kauflin
© 2011 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)