: Tuesday June 2
All board members are invited to a Castle Hill Church Board Meeting on June 2 (Tuesday night) at 7.30pm - 9.30pm to discuss a road map to returning to Church. With the current restrictions changing over the next weeks, we need to be prepared to have processes in place for a smooth transition back to church. Whenever that will be. The meeting meeting will take place in the Church Hall so social distancing can be observed. Please RSVP to Glenda Jenkins ASAP, so we can prepare for the meeting.
Jesus Robe of Righteousness
Jesus invites us to wear His Robe of Righteousness. The Robe is custom-made for you and me. It covers us from head to toe.
The Robe of Righteousness of Jesus Christ is attained by faith in Him— there is nothing we can do to attain it.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
The Robe is given to us as a gift—it’s important to acknowledge the astronomical price paid for the covering—Jesus own blood—His life.
2 Corinthians 5:21
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
We could never purchase the righteousness of God. We could never purchase such a royal garment—no matter our works, good deeds or hours spent serving in the local church or in spreading the gospel message. We could never purchase such a royal garment—no matter how much we keep the Sabbath, post Holy material on social media, give to the poor and needy or eat certain foods.
The Robe, in essence—is Jesus Christ covering our sins—with His perfect covering, Robe of Righteousness.
Many ask, what is sin? In the original sense of New Testament Greek, "sin" is a failure in missing the mark, primarily in spear throwing.
In Hebrew, the word hata "sin," originates in archery and literally refers to missing the "gold" at the centre of a target, but hitting the target. Relating to the Christian definition, the gold centre of the target could be seen as God's commandment for righteousness.
To sin is to miss our mark of living in a virtuous manner, not only failing to meet God's commandment but acting against our own interests by engaging the world in an immoral manner.
To sin is to fall short of our potential, missing the mark of our highest self and best quality of life.
The Robe covers our sin, our filthy garment of life. Our filthy garment represents our:
- Sexual Immorality
- Hatred, and so much more.
In essence, sin is breaking God’s laws—His Ten Commandments.
I love how Eugene Peterson translates Isaiah 61:10, in The Message Bible:
“I will sing for joy in God,
explode in praise from deep in my soul!
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
and a bride a jewelled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers,
and as a garden cascades with blossoms,
So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom
and puts praise on display before the nations.”
The Robe of righteousness is a fine, linen, clean and bright robe—a special covering from above—we all need it. Isn’t it breath-taking how God removes our shame and makes us appear glorious—before His creation!
Are you singing for joy? Exploding in praise—from the depths of your soul?
I can imagine Jesus saying, “My covering is a free gift, yet you feel unworthy of the Robe I’ve prepared for you. It saddens me to see you squirming under the fine linen cloth—as if it were made of a scratchy potato sack.”
Then He says, “Trust me. Know your privileged position in My kingdom. And as you walk through the journey of life—keep your eyes on Me. And learn to walk in this garment of salvation. It’s yours for you to keep. And when your behaviour is unfitting—don’t take the robe off. Keep it on. Instead, don’t give in to the pressures of the world. As I said, ‘Keep your eyes on Me.’”
I agree with Isaiah, “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in His robe of righteousness.”
Yours—because of Jesus
Pastor Pablo Lillo
Offering: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
Did you know—It's impossible to Out-Give God? It is. But you’ll never regret trying.
God gives us good things we don’t deserve and could never earn, like grace and forgiveness. He gave the ultimate gift, His son, for our sins. When you hear me talk about being generous, that’s what I mean. God created you with a generous spirit. We want to help you embrace it by giving beyond your tithe with an offering. Our offering this Sabbath stays at Castle Hill. We need it to serve others during this crisis.
You can go to egiving.org.au/castlehill
Also Richard Hurrell is at church every Monday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm receiving tithes and offerings for those who are not able to use eGiving. You can also collect your Sabbath School lesson and Record magazines.
May: Preaching Roster
30. Pastor Nicholas Kross: "The Tekel Talk"
May: Offering Schedule
30. Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
Our Church Vision:
The vision of Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist church is to be the most loving church.
Our mission is for us to take the good of Jesus Christ to every place we can, in every way possible. Whatever the means, we want to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our School, friends, family, neighbours and the wider community.
1. To honour God through worship.
2. To share the Gospel message of Jesus with others.
3. To connect with others in meaningful relationships.
4. To prepare disciples to fulfill their purpose.
5. To encourage leaders in their God-given destiny.
Senior Pastor – Pablo Lillo
M: 0412 588 827
Associate Pastor – Nic Kross
M: 0423 107 766
Youth Pastor – Jessica Laws
M: 0424 370 294
Senior Elder - Marvin Malcolm
M: 0414 430 688