We're going to begin with a song describing the incomparable experience of knowing Jesus in our lives.
All I once held dear
Thank you Father God for sending your Son Jesus into this world to be our Saviour.
Thank you Jesus for going to the cross and dying for us.
Through you resurrection from the dead and the coming of the Holy Spirit we can know you in our lives.
This brings us great joy and we open our hearts in worship to you.
We pray that we might know you more, both in the days of gladness and in the days of sorrow, displaying your righteousness and holiness in our lives.
So tomorrow is so called Freedom Day.
All the restrictions will be abolished
No social distancing
No face coverings
No limits on numbers
We’ll even be able to sing in doors!
I’ll even be able to go to nightclubs!
Of course, I’m sure we’ll all be cautious and we’re not going to change much in church for the time being, but nevertheless we are free from the laws that meant all these things were a legal requirement.
We will at least be free from the law.
That freedom we will enjoy tomorrow is a picture of the freedom that we have as Christians.
There’s a verse in 2 Corinthians that talks about the veil being taken away when we turn to Christ.
We freely enter into the presence of the Lord – with unveiled faces – to behold his glory
And his transforming power.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18
Masks are designed to create a barrier between us and others
This verse reminds us that there is a barrier between us and a holy God – sin.
Our sin is the barrier
But Jesus’ death has ripped the barrier/mask away
We are free to enter into God’s presence – with boldness
The Spirit working in us – transforming us into the Lord’s image with ever-increasing glory.
All because God’s grace has saved us and set us free.
Our next song is Amazing grace - my chains are gone
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.