By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord
Is 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7,
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Advent 1 (1 December 2013)
Isaiah 2:1–5; Romans 13:(8–10) 11–14; Matthew 21:1–11 or Matthew
24:36–44; Psalm 122
The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to
Save Us Now
The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and
mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of
burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins
of the world in His body. Now He comes by the
ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death,
the devil and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt.
21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the
LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His holy
Church, “that he may teach us his ways and that
we may walk in his paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word,
we “walk in the light of the LORD” (Is. 2:5). That
is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a
neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works
of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for
“salvation is nearer to us now than when we first
believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire
Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for
you do not know on what day your Lord is
coming” (Matt. 24:42).
Advent 1: The Second Advent of Christ
John 1:1-5, 9-14, Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 2:14-18
If Christ had arrived with trumpets and lain
in a cradle of gold, his birth would have
been a splendid affair. But it would not be a
comfort to me. He was rather to lie in the lap
of a poor maiden and be thought of little
significance in the eyes of the world. Now I
can come to him. Now he reveals himself to
the miserable in order not to give any
impression that he arrives with great power,
splendor, wisdom, and aristocratic manners.
But upon his return on that Day, when he
will oppose the high and the mighty, it will
be different. Now he comes to the poor, who
need a Savior, but then he will come as a
Judge against those who are persecuting him
Excerpt from a sermon on the
Draw or list attributes
that you associate with
the PHYSICAL Jesus.
2. What did Jesus look
like? Make a guess and
draw a portrait.
3. Write one sentence of
thanksgiving for Jesus
dwelling on earth. Why
is it important?
WATCH for the following:
Words and their meaning
Analysis of structure
Teaching of Theology
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, andthe Word
was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made
through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In
him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men.5 The light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 9 The true light, which gives
light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and
the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He
came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all
who did receive him,who believed in his name, he gave the right to
become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of
the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his
glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace
and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, ―This was he of
whom I said, ‗He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was
before me.‘‖) 16 For from his fullness we have all received,grace upon
grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came
through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[e] who is at
the Father's side,[f] he has made him known.
this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ
Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not
count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied
himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the
likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he
humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of
death, even death on a cross.
therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he
himself likewise partook of the same things, that through
death he might destroy the one who has the power of death,
that is, the devil,15 and deliver all those who through fear of
death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not
angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of
Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in
every respect, so that he might become a merciful and
faithful high priest in the service of God, to make
propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he
himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those
who are being tempted.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Advent 2 (8 December 2013)
Isaiah 11:1–10; Romans 15:4–13;
Matthew 3:1–12; Psalm 72:1–7
By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord
“John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, „Repent‟” (Matt. 3:1–2).
His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of
Christ into the world. John‘s work was historically complete with the incarnate advent of
Jesus, but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has
come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is.
11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a
signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the
rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings
the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse”
comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have
hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).
•John the Baptist prepared for the coming of the lord.
•How do you prepare for Christmas—the celebration of our lord‘s coming?
Use your prayer notes.
Use a verse from the
bible to reflect on.
Pray about the Lord‘s
Let us pray for the whole Church and forgiveness in the name of
of God in Christ Jesus and for all Jesus to Your holy people…
people according to their needs.
O Lord, grant to Your people
O Lord, Your prophet John the
endurance and encouragement,
Baptist prepared the way for Your that in their everyday callings they
Son by preaching repentance.
might live in such harmony with
Grant to us a repentant faith, that one another that together we
for the sake of the One whose way glorify You in our work. Bless
John prepared, we might be saved those vocations You have
from Your righteous wrath over especially established to provide
our sins and prepared to receive for us, including spouses and
the advent of Your Son today in parents, children and teachers,
His Holy Eucharist. Lord, in Your breadwinners and employers, that
mercy, hear our prayer.
all people might learn the value of
honest labor and give thanks to
O Lord, the preaching of
You for their daily bread…
repentance and forgiveness from
the mouth of John the Baptist
continues today in the Preaching
Office, which You have created so
that we might receive saving faith
in You. Give courage to pastors as
they boldly proclaim repentance
5 Father in great love You
]. Cease not to work in them,
sent St. John the Baptist to
loving Master, sustaining their
call all to lives of repentance, faith and providing them
that they might welcome Your comfort until they stand
Use your prayer notes. Son and His kingdom. Give whole and filled with glory
before Your throne.
Use a verse from the Your people grace in these
bible to reflect on.
Advent days to open their
7 Holy One, because we in
Pray about Lord‘s
hearts and hands to all in
ourselves could not abide the
need, expressing in their
Day of Your coming in
deeds the faith of their heart. judgment, Your Son gave up
6 Lord, Your apostle, St.
His body and blood for our
Paul, taught us that we may forgiveness and now gives it
be sure that You will bring to to us as the very righteousness
completion the good work
by which we may stand
You have begun in us. In such before You without shame.
confidence we commend to Stir up in Your children faith
Your merciful hands all who to receive His coming to us in
are sick and suffering,
the Eucharist with joy.
grieving or lonely,
1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings!
2 Then cleansed be ev'ry life from sin;
Make straight the way for God within,
And let us all our hearts prepare
Fro Christ to come and enter there.
3 We hail Thee as our Savior, Lord
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without Thy grace we waste away
Like flow'rs that wither and decay.
4 Lay on the sick Thy healing hand
And make the fallen strong to stand;
Show us the glory of Thy face
Till beauty springs in ev'ry place.
5 All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
Whose advent sets Thy people free,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit evermore.
By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are
Prepared for the Coming of the Lord
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and the leopard shall lie down with the young
The Righteous Reign of the Branch
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf
11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump together;
and a little child shall lead them.
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
their young shall lie down together;
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
the Spirit of counsel and might,
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
in all my holy mountain;
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of
and decide with equity for the meek of the
as the waters cover the sea.
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his
10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand
and with the breath of his lipshe shall kill the as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the
nations inquire, and his resting place shall be
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and sing to your name.‖
10 And again it is said,
4 For whatever was written in former
days was written for our instruction, that ―Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.‖
through endurance and through the
11 And again,
encouragement of the Scriptures we
―Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
might have hope. 5 May the God of
and let all the peoples extol him.‖
endurance and encouragement grant
12 And again Isaiah says,
youto live in such harmony with one
another, in accord with Christ
―The root of Jesse will come,
6 that together you may with one
even he who arises to rule the
voice glorify the God and Father of our Gentiles;
Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome in him will the Gentiles hope.‖
one another as Christ has welcomed
13 May the God of hope fill you with
you, for the glory of God.
alljoy and peace in believing, so that by
Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles the power of the Holy Spirit you may
8 For I tell you that Christ became a
abound in hope.
servant to the circumcised to show
God's truthfulness, in order to confirm
the promises given to the
patriarchs,9 and in order that the
Gentiles might glorify God for his
mercy. As it is written,
―Therefore I will praise you among the
ofvipers! Who warned you to flee
John the Baptist Prepares the Way from the wrath to come? 9Bear fruit in
keeping with repentance. And do not
3 In those days John the Baptist came presume to say to yourselves, ‗We have
preaching in the wilderness of
Abraham as our father,‘ for I tell you,
Judea,2 ―Repent, for the kingdom of
God is able from these stones to raise
heaven is at hand.‖ 3 For this is he who up children for Abraham. 10 Even now
was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah
the axe is laid to the root of the
when he said,
trees. Every tree therefore that does not
―The voice of one crying in the
bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire.
[a] the way of the Lord;
11 ―I baptize you with water for
make his paths straight.‘‖
repentance, but he who is coming after
4 Now John wore a garment of camel's
me is mightier than I, whose sandals I
hair and a leather belt around his waist, am not worthy to carry. He will baptize
and his food was locusts and wild
you with the Holy Spirit
5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea
and fire. 12 Hiswinnowing fork is in his
and all the region about the Jordan were hand, and he will clear his threshing
going out to him, 6 and they were
floor and gather his wheat into the
baptized by him in the river
barn, but the chaff he will burn
Jordan,confessing their sins.
with unquenchable fire.‖
7 But when he saw many of the
Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his
baptism, he said to them, ―You brood
Give the King Your Justice
72 Give the king your justice,
and your righteousness to
the royal son!
2 May he judge your people
and your poor with justice!
3 Let the mountains
bearprosperity for the people,
and the hills, in
4 May he defend the cause of
the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the
children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
5 May they fear
you[a] while the sun endures,
and as long as the
6 May he be like rain that falls
onthe mown grass,
like showers that water the
7 In his days may the righteous
and peace abound, till the
moon be no more!
Third S. in Advent
The Coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ Brings True
Rejoicing, Even Under the
The Ransomed Shall Return
35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the
2 it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel andSharon.
They shall see the glory of theLORD,
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,
―Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.‖
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7 the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.[a]
9 No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the LORDshall return
and come to Zion with singing;
11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.
Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is
Patience in Suffering
greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers,[a] until the coming of until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered
the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious violence,[d] and the violent take it by force. 13 For all
fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it
the Prophets and the Law prophesied until
receives the early and the late rains.8 You also, be
John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he
patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to
Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one
hear,[e] let him hear.
another, brothers, so that you may not be judged;
behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an
Put Not Your Trust in Princes
example of suffering and patience, brothers, takethe 146 Praise the LORD!
prophets who spoke in the name of the
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who
remained steadfast. You have heard of the
I will sing praises to my God while I have my
steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose being.
3 Put not your trust in princes,
of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds
on that very day his plans perish.
of the Christ, he sent word byhis disciples 3 and said 5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
to him, ―Are youthe one who is to come, or shall
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
we look for another?‖ 4 And Jesus answered
them, ―Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the
the sea, and all that is in them,
blind receive their sight and the lame walk,
who keeps faith forever;
lepers[a] are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead 7 who executes justice for the oppressed,
are raised up, and the poor have good news preached who gives food to the hungry.
to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
crowds concerning John:―What did you go out into
the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the sojourners;
the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the
wind? 8 What then did you go out to see? A
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
man[b] dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
9 What then
10 The LORD will reign forever,
wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
did you go out to see? A prophet?[c] Yes, I tell you,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
and more than a prophet.10 This is he of whom it is Praise the LORD!
―‗Behold, I send my messenger before your face,