December 27th, 2018

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist


Collect (LSB)

Merciful Lord, cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed in the doctrine of Your blessed apostle and evangelist John, may come to the light of everlasting life; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Rev. 1:1-6


Prologue

 1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God(A) gave him(B) to show to his servants[a] the things that must soon take place.(C) He made it known by sending his angel to his servant[b] John, 2(D) who bore witness to the word of God and to(E) the testimony of Jesus Christ, even(F) to all that he saw. 3(G) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it,(H) for the time is near.

Greeting to the Seven Churches

 4John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

   

   Grace to you and peace from(I) him(J) who is and(K) who was and who is to come, and from(L) the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ(M) the faithful witness,(N) the firstborn of the dead, and(O) the ruler of kings on earth.

   

   To(P) him who loves us and(Q) has freed us from our sins by his blood 6and made us(R) a kingdom,(S) priests to(T) his God and Father, to him be(U) glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes:Revelation 1:1 Greek bondservants Revelation 1:1 Greek bondservant
Cross references:Revelation 1:1 : John 17:7, 8; John 8:26; 14:10 Revelation 1:1 : Revelation 22:6 Revelation 1:1 : Revelation 22:16 Revelation 1:2 : John 19:35 Revelation 1:2 : Revelation 6:9; 12:17; 19:10; 1 Cor 1:6 Revelation 1:2 : Revelation 1:11, 19 Revelation 1:3 : Revelation 22:7; Luke 11:28; John 8:51; 1 John 2:3 Revelation 1:3 : Revelation 22:10; 1 John 2:18; Rom 13:11 Revelation 1:4 : Revelation 1:8; Revelation 4:8; Heb 13:8 Revelation 1:4 : Exodus 3:14 (Gk) Revelation 1:4 : John 1:1 Revelation 1:4 : Revelation 3:1; 4:5; 5:6 Revelation 1:5 : Revelation 3:14; John 18:37; 1 Tim 6:13; Revelation 2:13; Psalm 89:37; Isa 55:4 Revelation 1:5 : Col 1:18; Psalm 89:27; Acts 26:23; 1 Cor 15:20 Revelation 1:5 : Revelation 17:14; 19:16; Psalm 89:27 Revelation 1:5 : John 13:34; 15:9 Revelation 1:5 : 1 Pet 1:18, 19 Revelation 1:6 : Revelation 5:10; 20:6; 1 Pet 2:9 Revelation 1:6 : Rom 15:6 Revelation 1:6 : Rom 11:36 Revelation 1:6 : 1 Pet 4:11


Old Testament: Hosea 14:1-9


A Plea to Return to the LORD

 1(A) Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
   for(B) you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2Take with you words
   and return to the LORD;say to him,
   "Take away all iniquity;accept(C) what is good,
   and we will pay with bulls
   (D) the vows[a] of our lips. 3(E) Assyria shall not save us;
   (F) we will not ride on horses;and(G) we will say no more, 'Our God,'
   to the work of our hands.(H) In you the orphan finds mercy."

 4I(I) will heal their apostasy;
   (J) I will love them freely,
   for my anger has turned from them. 5(K) I will be like the dew to Israel;
   (L) he shall blossom like the lily;
   he shall take root like the trees(M) of Lebanon; 6his shoots shall spread out;
   his beauty shall be(N) like the olive,
   and his fragrance like Lebanon. 7They shall return and(O) dwell beneath my[b] shadow;
   they shall flourish like the grain;they shall blossom like the vine;
   their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

 8O(P) Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
   It is I who answer and look after you.[c]I am like an evergreen cypress;
   (Q) from me comes your fruit.

 9(R) Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
   whoever is discerning, let him know them;for the ways of the LORD are right,
   and(S) the upright walk in them,
   but transgressors stumble in them.

Footnotes:Hosea 14:2 Septuagint, Syriac pay the fruit Hosea 14:7 Hebrew his Hosea 14:8 Hebrew him
Cross references:Hosea 14:1 : Hosea 6:1; 12:6; Hosea 3:5 Hosea 14:1 : Hosea 13:9 Hosea 14:2 : Hosea 5:15 Hosea 14:2 : Heb 13:15; Psalm 50:13, 14; 69:30, 31 Hosea 14:3 : Hosea 5:13 Hosea 14:3 : Isa 30:16; 31:1 Hosea 14:3 : Hosea 14:8 Hosea 14:3 : Psalm 10:14 Hosea 14:4 : Jer 3:22; Hosea 6:1 Hosea 14:4 : Hosea 11:1 Hosea 14:5 : Hosea 6:3 Hosea 14:5 : Isa 27:6 Hosea 14:5 : Psalm 92:12; Isa 35:2 Hosea 14:6 : Psalm 52:8 Hosea 14:7 : Psalm 91:1 Hosea 14:8 : Hosea 14:3; Isa 30:22 Hosea 14:8 : Hosea 2:8, 23; John 15:4, 5 Hosea 14:9 : Psalm 107:43; Jer 9:12; Dan 12:10; John 8:47; 18:37 Hosea 14:9 : Prov 10:29; Luke 2:34; 2 Cor 2:16


Epistle: 1 John 1:1-10


The Word of Life

 1(A) That which was(B) from the beginning,(C) which we have heard,(D) which we have seen with our eyes,(E) which we looked upon and(F) have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2(G) the life(H) was made manifest, and we have seen it, and(I) testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life,(J) which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3(K) that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed(L) our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so(M) that our[a] joy may be complete.

Walking in the Light

 5(N) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that(O) God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6(P) If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and(Q) do not practice the truth. 7But(R) if we walk in the light,(S) as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and(T) the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8(U) If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and(V) the truth is not in us. 9(W) If we confess our sins, he is(X) faithful and just to forgive us our sins and(Y) to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned,(Z) we make him a liar, and(AA) his word is not in us.

Footnotes:1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your
Cross references:1 John 1:1 : John 1:1 1 John 1:1 : 1 John 2:13, 14 1 John 1:1 : Acts 4:20 1 John 1:1 : John 19:35 1 John 1:1 : 1 John 4:14; John 1:14; 2 Pet 1:16 1 John 1:1 : Luke 24:39; John 20:27 1 John 1:2 : John 1:4; 11:25; 14:6 1 John 1:2 : 1 John 3:5, 8; Rom 16:26; 1 Tim 3:16 1 John 1:2 : John 15:27 1 John 1:2 : 1 John 1:1 1 John 1:3 : 1 John 1:1 1 John 1:3 : John 17:21; 1 Cor 1:9; 1 John 2:24 1 John 1:4 : John 15:11; 16:24 1 John 1:5 : 1 John 3:11 1 John 1:5 : James 1:17; 1 John 4:8; John 4:24 1 John 1:6 : 1 John 2:11; John 12:35; 2 Cor 6:14 1 John 1:6 : John 3:21 1 John 1:7 : Isa 2:5 1 John 1:7 : Psalm 104:2; 1 Tim 6:16 1 John 1:7 : Eph 1:7; Heb 9:14; 1 Pet 1:19; Rev 5:9; 7:14; 12:11 1 John 1:8 : Job 15:14; Jer 2:35; James 3:2 1 John 1:8 : 1 John 2:4 1 John 1:9 : Psalm 32:5; 51:3; Prov 28:13 1 John 1:9 : Psalm 143:1; Rom 3:26 1 John 1:9 : 1 John 1:7 1 John 1:10 : 1 John 5:10 1 John 1:10 : John 5:38; 8:37


Gospel: John 21:19-24


19(This he said to show(A) by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, (B) "Follow me."

Jesus and the Beloved Apostle
 20Peter turned and saw(C) the disciple whom Jesus loved following them,(D) the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" 21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" 22Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain(E) until(F) I come, what is that to you?(G) You follow me!" 23So the saying spread abroad among(H) the brothers[a] that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?"

 24This is the disciple(I) who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and(J) we know(K) that his testimony is true.

Footnotes:John 21:23 Or brothers and sisters
Cross references:John 21:19 : 2 Pet 1:14 John 21:19 : John 21:22; Matt 16:24; John 13:36; John 8:12 John 21:20 : John 21:7 John 21:20 : John 13:25 John 21:22 : Matt 10:23; 16:28; 1 Cor 4:5; 11:26; James 5:7; Rev 2:25 John 21:22 : John 14:3, 18, 28; Heb 10:37; Rev 2:5, 16; 3:3, 11; 16:15; 22:7, 12, 20; Matt 16:27 John 21:22 : John 21:19 John 21:23 : Acts 1:15; 9:30; 11:1; 12:17; 15:1; 16:2, 40; 21:7, 17; 1 John 3:14, 16 John 21:24 : John 15:27 John 21:24 : 1 John 3:2, 14; 5:15, 18-20; John 19:35 John 21:24 : 3 John 12


First Reading: Is. 51:17-52:12


 17(A) Wake yourself, wake yourself,
   stand up, O Jerusalem,(B) you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD
   the cup of his wrath,who have drunk to the dregs
   the bowl,(C) the cup of staggering. 18(D) There is none to guide her
   among all the sons she has borne;there is none to take her by the hand
   among all the sons she has brought up. 19(E) These two things have happened to you—
   who will console you?—devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
   who will comfort you?[a] 20(F) Your sons have fainted;
   they lie at the head of every street
   like an(G) antelope(H) in a net;they are full of the wrath of the LORD,
   the rebuke of your God.

 21(I) Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted,
   who are drunk, but not with wine: 22Thus says your Lord, the LORD,
   your God(J) who pleads the cause of his people:"Behold, I have taken from your hand(K) the cup of staggering;the bowl of my wrath you shall drink no more; 23(L) and I will put it into the hand of your tormentors,
   (M) who have said to you,
   'Bow down, that we may pass over';and(N) you have made your back like the ground
   and like the street for them to pass over."

The LORD’s Coming Salvation
 1(O) Awake, awake,
   put on your strength, O Zion;(P) put on your beautiful garments,
   O Jerusalem,(Q) the holy city;(R) for there shall no more come into you
   the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2(S) Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
   be seated, O Jerusalem;(T) loose the bonds from your neck,
   O captive daughter of Zion.

 3For thus says the LORD:(U) "You were sold for nothing, and(V) you shall be redeemed without money." 4For thus says the Lord GOD:(W) "My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing. 5Now therefore what have I here," declares the LORD, "seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail," declares the LORD, "and(X) continually all the day my name is despised. 6Therefore my people shall know my name.(Y) Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I."
 7(Z) How beautiful upon the mountains
   are the feet of him who brings good news,who publishes peace,(AA) who brings good news of happiness,
   who publishes salvation,
   who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." 8The voice of(AB) your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
   together they sing for joy;(AC) for eye to eye they see
   the return of the LORD to Zion. 9(AD) Break forth together into singing,
   (AE) you waste places of Jerusalem,for(AF) the LORD has comforted his people;
   he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10(AG) The LORD has bared his holy arm
   before the eyes of all the nations,(AH) and all the ends of the earth shall see
   the salvation of our God.

 11(AI) Depart, depart, go out from there;
   touch no unclean thing;go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
   (AJ) you who bear the vessels of the LORD. 12For you shall not(AK) go out in haste,
   and you shall not go in flight,(AL) for the LORD will go before you,
   (AM) and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Footnotes:Isaiah 51:19 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Masoretic Text how shall I comfort you
Cross references:Isaiah 51:17 : Isaiah 51:9; Isaiah 52:1 Isaiah 51:17 : Job 21:20; Jer 25:15; Matt 20:22; 26:39, 42; Mark 10:38; 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 18:11 Isaiah 51:17 : Psalm 60:3; Zech 12:2 Isaiah 51:18 : Psalm 74:9; Jer 5:31 Isaiah 51:19 : Isaiah 47:9 Isaiah 51:20 : Lam 2:11, 12 Isaiah 51:20 : Deut 14:5 Isaiah 51:20 : Psalm 141:10 Isaiah 51:21 : Isaiah 54:11 Isaiah 51:22 : Jer 50:34; Isaiah 49:25 Isaiah 51:22 : Isaiah 51:17 Isaiah 51:23 : Jer 25:17, 26, 28 Isaiah 51:23 : Isaiah 47:6 Isaiah 51:23 : Isaiah 52:2 Isaiah 52:1 : Isaiah 51:17 Isaiah 52:1 : Exodus 28:2, 40; Zech 3:1-4 Isaiah 52:1 : Isaiah 48:2; Neh 11:1 Isaiah 52:1 : Isaiah 60:21; Joel 3:17; Isaiah 35:8; Rev 21:27 Isaiah 52:2 : Isaiah 51:23 Isaiah 52:2 : Isaiah 51:14 Isaiah 52:3 : Isaiah 45:13; 50:1 Isaiah 52:3 : 1 Pet 1:18 Isaiah 52:4 : Gen 46:6 Isaiah 52:5 : Cited Rom 2:24; Ezek 36:20, 23 Isaiah 52:6 : Isaiah 49:26 Isaiah 52:7 : Nah 1:15; Cited Rom 10:15 Isaiah 52:7 : Isaiah 40:9 Isaiah 52:8 : Isaiah 62:6 Isaiah 52:8 : Isaiah 33:17, 22; 1 Cor 13:12; 1 John 3:2; Rev 22:4 Isaiah 52:9 : Psalm 98:4 Isaiah 52:9 : Isaiah 58:12 Isaiah 52:9 : Isaiah 40:1; 51:3, 12 Isaiah 52:10 : Isaiah 51:9 Isaiah 52:10 : Psalm 98:3; Luke 3:6 Isaiah 52:11 : Isaiah 48:20; Jer 50:8; 51:6, 45; Zech 2:6, 7; Cited 2 Cor 6:17; Rev 18:4 Isaiah 52:11 : Ezra 1:7-11 Isaiah 52:12 : Exodus 12:11, 33, 39 Isaiah 52:12 : Mic 2:13; Exodus 14:19 Isaiah 52:12 : Isaiah 58:8


Second Reading: Matt. 2:1-12


The Visit of the Wise Men

 1Now(A) after Jesus was born in(B) Bethlehem of Judea(C) in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from(D) the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, "Where is he who has been born(E) king of the Jews? For we saw(F) his star when it rose[b] and have come to(G) worship him." 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where(H) the Christ was to be born. 5They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
 6(I) "'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
   are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;for from you shall come a ruler
   who will(J) shepherd my people Israel.'"

 7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him." 9After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures,(K) they offered him gifts,(L) gold and(M) frankincense and(N) myrrh. 12And(O) being warned(P) in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Footnotes:Matthew 2:1 Greek magi; also verses 7, 16 Matthew 2:2 Or in the east; also verse 9
Cross references:Matthew 2:1 : Luke 2:4-7 Matthew 2:1 : Luke 2:15; John 7:42 Matthew 2:1 : Luke 1:5 Matthew 2:1 : Gen 25:6; 1 Kgs 4:30 Matthew 2:2 : Matthew 27:11, 37; Jer 23:5; 30:9; Zech 9:9 Matthew 2:2 : Num 24:17; Rev 22:16 Matthew 2:2 : Matthew 8:2 Matthew 2:4 : Matthew 1:17 Matthew 2:6 : Mic 5:2 Matthew 2:6 : Ezek 34:23; John 21:15-17; 2 Sam 5:2; Rev 7:17 Matthew 2:11 : 1 Sam 9:7; Psalm 72:10 Matthew 2:11 : Isa 60:6 Matthew 2:11 : Rev 18:13 Matthew 2:11 : Exodus 30:23; Psalm 45:8; John 19:39 Matthew 2:12 : Matthew 2:22; Matthew 2:13, 19 Matthew 2:12 : Matthew 27:19; Gen 20:6; 31:11; Num 12:6; Job 33:15


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