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      The Time is Coming

      April 3, 2022 ()

      Bible Text: Jeremiah 31:31-43, Psalm 51:1-12, John 12:20-33 |

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      The New Covenant

      31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

      35 Thus says the Lord,
      who gives the sun for light by day
          and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
      who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
          the Lord of hosts is his name:
      36 “If this fixed order departs
          from before me, declares the Lord,
      then shall the offspring of Israel cease
          from being a nation before me forever.”

      37 Thus says the Lord:
      “If the heavens above can be measured,
          and the foundations of the earth below can be explored,
      then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel
          for all that they have done,
      declares the Lord.”

      38 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when the city shall be rebuilt for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 And the measuring line shall go out farther, straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Goah. 40 The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the Lord. It shall not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever.”

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      Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

      To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

      51 Have mercy on me, O God,
          according to your steadfast love;
      according to your abundant mercy
          blot out my transgressions.
      Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
          and cleanse me from my sin!

      For I know my transgressions,
          and my sin is ever before me.
      Against you, you only, have I sinned
          and done what is evil in your sight,
      so that you may be justified in your words
          and blameless in your judgment.
      Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
          and in sin did my mother conceive me.
      Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
          and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

      Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
          wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
      Let me hear joy and gladness;
          let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
      Hide your face from my sins,
          and blot out all my iniquities.
      10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
          and renew a right spirit within me.
      11 Cast me not away from your presence,
          and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
      12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
          and uphold me with a willing spirit.

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      Some Greeks Seek Jesus

      20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

      The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

      27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

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