Worship Preparation Guide
You can listen to Sunday’s songs here, and song lyrics are on our blog.
Jeremiah chapter 8 records a clear declaration of God’s wrath, as the people cry out that, “God has doomed them to perish and given them poisoned water to drink, because they sinned against the Lord their God.” That’s a pretty intense description - one that, if we’re honest, we’d probably rather sort of “skip over!” It’s humbling and, frankly, terrifying if we have any sense of our own sinfulness, isn’t it? On our best days, we can’t come close to the righteousness God demands. We are, by nature, children of wrath.
But we cannot know God and understand the gospel without his just, righteous wrath. The love, grace, and mercy of God don’t make any sense apart from a holy God who must meet out just punishment for sin. But the good news of the gospel is that Christ has borne the wrath of God for his people. In the garden, before his arrest and crucifixion, he prays, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” Christ drank the cup of God’s wrath - the poisoned water, as Jeremiah described it - so that we wouldn’t have to. Instead of that cup, we are invited to drink living water, water and milk and wine without price, as Isaiah says, because our Savior paid the price and drank our cup.
To prepare for Sunday, read Jeremiah 8:4-15.