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5-24-20

Call to Worship     Psalm 24:7

7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Hymn # 290     “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”

Call to Confession     Psalm 24:3-4

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

Assurance of Pardon     Hebrews 8:1–2

1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.

NT Reading

Gospels: John 20:17 (Jesus Promises His Ascension to God the Father)

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

Acts: Acts 1:9 (The Ascension of Christ)

9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Epistles: Ephesians 4:7–10 (Grace from the Ascended Christ)

7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Affirmation of Faith         Larger Catechism 53 & 54

53 How was Christ exalted in His ascension?

Christ was exalted in His ascension, in that having after His resurrection often appeared unto and conversed with His apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God, and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations, forty days after His resurrection, He, in our nature, and as our head, triumphing over enemies, visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men, to raise up our affections thither, and to prepare a place for us, where Himself is, and shall continue till His second coming at the end of the world.

54 How is Christ exalted in His sitting at the right hand of God?

Christ is exalted in His sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man He is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father, with all fulness of joy, glory, and power over all things in heaven and earth; and doth gather and defend His church, and subdue their enemies; furnishes His ministers and people with gifts and graces, and makes intercession for them.

Hymn # 291      “See, the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph”

Sermon Series  Ascension

Sermon Text     Ezekiel 28:11-19

11 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:

“You were the signet of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings
and your engravings.
On the day that you were created
they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
16 In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I exposed you before kings,
to feast their eyes on you.
18 By the multitude of your iniquities,
in the unrighteousness of your trade
you profaned your sanctuaries;
so I brought fire out from your midst;
it consumed you,
and I turned you to ashes on the earth
in the sight of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the peoples
are appalled at you;
you have come to a dreadful end
and shall be no more forever.”

Sermon Title      “Cast from the Mount of God”

Sermon Outline Below

Lord’s Supper    The Ascended Lord Is Present at His Table

Departing Hymn     “God be with You ‘Till We Meet Again”

 

Sermon Outline

Sermon Text: Ezekiel 28:11-19 “Cast from the Mount of God”

Though human striving only deepens our descent in the valley of sin, Christ ascends to restore us to the Mountain of God.

1) God placed man on the Mountain of God for communion with God (28:11-15a).

a) The Priest-King

      1. Full of Wisdom
      2. Perfect in Beauty
      3. Every Precious Stone for Covering
      4. Anointed/Appointed
      5. Guardian of the Garden
      6. Blameless

b) King of Tyre an Echo of Adam

c) Application:

    1. Created for the glory of God.
    2. Created for the enjoyment of God.Created for Communion with God.

2) God cast man from the Mountain of God for unrighteousness (28:15b-19).

    1. Unrighteousness Discovered
      1. Violence
      2. Proud Heart
      3. Perverted Wisdom
      4. Multitude of Iniquities
      5. Dreadful End

2. King of Tyre Recapitulates Fall

      1. Economic/Trade Injustice
      2. Travesty of Worship

3. Application:

      1. Man cannot ascend the Mountain of God.
      2. Prideful ascent is descent.

3. God restores man to the Mountain of God through the ascension of Christ.

    1. Ezekiel 36 The New Covenant
    2. Ezekiel 37:1-14 Resurrection
    3. Ezekiel 37:15-28 Lord God/David the Shepherd-King
    4. Ezekiel 40-48 Communion with God on the Final Temple-Mount
      1. 40 The Final Temple Is the Risen Christ (John 2:19-21)
      2. 40-42 The Father’s House Has Many Rooms (John 14:2)
      3. 43:1-12 The Glory of the LORD Fills the Temple (John 1:14; Revelation 21:22-23)
      4. 43-44 Christ Is the Altar and High Priest Who Secures Our Communion by His Blood and Intercession (Hebrews 13:10-16)
      5. 46 Christ, the Prince, the Lamb Restores the Feasts of God to Man (Revelation 19:9)
      6. 47 Living Water from the Temple (Pentecost)

5. Application:

      1. Ascension is by grace in union with Christ (Eph. 1:20; 2:6).
      2. Ascend to God through humble faith (James 4:6-10; 1 Peter 5:5)

Though human striving only deepens our descent in the valley of sin, Christ ascends to restore us to the Mountain of God.

Doxology:

1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God!  His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.  3 Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress.       (Psalm 48:1–3)

     
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