The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation Preaching the word of God.

The CJCN Daily Worship.

By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.

Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen……

Bible Reading.

John 11. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Now a certain man was sick named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

(It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick.”

When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

When He heard therefore that Lazarus was sick, He stayed two days still in the same place where He was.

Then after that He said to His disciples, “Let us go into Judea again.”

His disciples said unto Him, “Master, the Jews of late sought to stone Thee, and goest Thou thither again?”

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth because there is no light in him.”

11 These things said He, and after that He said unto them, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awaken him out of sleep.”

12 Then said His disciples, “Lord, if he sleep he shall do well.”

13 However Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He had spoken of the taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then Jesus said unto them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent that ye may believe. Nevertheless let us go unto him.”

16 Then Thomas, who was called Didymus, said unto his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

17 Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about two miles away,

19 and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him; but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then Martha said unto Jesus, “Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died.

22 But I know that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee.”

23 Jesus said unto her, “Thy brother shall rise again.”

24 Martha said unto Him, “I know that he shall rise again at the resurrection on the Last Day.”

25 Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live;

26 and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

27 She said unto Him, “Yea, Lord, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, who should come into the world.”

28 And when she had so said, she went her way and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, “The Master has come, and calleth for thee.”

29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came unto Him.

30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him.

31 The Jews then, who were with her in the house and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, “She goeth unto the grave to weep there.”

32 Then when Mary had come where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, “Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping who came with her, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled,

34 and said, “Where have ye laid him?” They said unto Him, “Lord, come and see.”

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, “Behold, how he loved him!”

37 And some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?”

38 Jesus therefore again, groaning in Himself, came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

39 Jesus said, “Take ye away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he hath been dead four days.”

40 Jesus said unto her, “Said I not unto thee that if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God?”

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.

42 And I knew that Thou hearest Me always, but because of the people who stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”

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43 And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

45 Then many of the Jews who came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed in Him.

46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council and said, “What shall we do? For this man doeth many miracles.

48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe in him, and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.”

49 And one of them named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, “Ye know nothing at all,

50 nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.”

51 And he spoke this not of himself, but, being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

52 and not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.

53 So from that day forth, they took counsel together to put Him to death.

54 Jesus therefore walked no longer openly among the Jews, but went thence unto a region near the wilderness into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples.

55 And the Jews’ Passover was nigh at hand, and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.

56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, saying, “What think ye — that he will not come to the feast?”

57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command that if any man knew where He was, he should report it, that they might take Him.

The Daily Prayer.

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Lord our God, thank you for letting your light shine every day of every year. Thank you that we may always lift our eyes to you, whose right hand will bring true order to everything, even in difficult times. Give our hearts the strength to be faithful in this age, the strength to glorify you. For you remain, no matter what happens on earth. You are our God. You have sent us the Savior and we can draw close to you. Your promise to us stands firm, the promise that your day with its truth and justice shall come, to the honour of your name. May many people turn their hearts to you; may they worship you and call to you for help, to the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Daily Lesson.

John 11:11.

(11) These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”

As Jesus leaves for Bethany, He gives those around Him a softened description of death, saying, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up” (John 11:11), to indicate that it is temporary. His disciples think He refers to natural sleep and that Lazarus would recover from his sickness. Then Jesus tells them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

We must learn to see death from God’s perspective. Christ has power over life and death. In this case, He was willing to resurrect Lazarus from death to physical life. He used Lazarus’ death to perform a miracle that would glorify God and identify Himself as the Messiah, the Savior of mankind.

Job shows that he knew the answer to his own rhetorical question: “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes” (Job 14:14). After a person dies, he will be resurrected at the appropriate time. Jesus prophesies in John 5:28-29:“[T]he hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

The lesson of this breathtaking miracle is that Christ is the regenerator of the dead, spiritually and physically. He is able to regenerate the hearts and minds of those who are spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins. He brought the body of Lazarus back from corruption, and so He is able and willing to deliver people from their abominable sins. His life-giving miracle of grace is as truly remarkable as His powerful and miraculous ability to resurrect.

Blessing.

Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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