January 2nd, 2019

Christmastide IX / J. K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor


First Reading: Is. 62:1-12


Assurance of Zion’s Salvation

 1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
      And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
      Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
      And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
       2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
      And all kings your glory.
      You shall be called by a new name,
      Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
       3 You shall also be a crown of glory
      In the hand of the LORD,
      And a royal diadem
      In the hand of your God.
       4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
      Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
      But you shall be called Hephzibah,[a] and your land Beulah;[b]
      For the LORD delights in you,
      And your land shall be married.
       5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
      So shall your sons marry you;
      And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
      Soshall your God rejoice over you.
       6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
      They shall never hold their peace day or night.
      You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent,
       7 And give Him no rest till He establishes
      And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
       8 The LORD has sworn by His right hand
      And by the arm of His strength:
      “ Surely I will no longer give your grain
      As food for your enemies;
      And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
      For which you have labored.
       9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it,
      And praise the LORD;
      Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
       10 Go through,
      Go through the gates!
      Prepare the way for the people;
      Build up,
      Build up the highway!
      Take out the stones,
      Lift up a banner for the peoples!
       11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed
      To the end of the world:
      “ Say to the daughter of Zion,
      ‘ Surely your salvation is coming;
      Behold, His reward is with Him,
      And His work before Him.’”
       12 And they shall call them The Holy People,
      The Redeemed of the LORD;
      And you shall be called Sought Out,
      A City Not Forsaken.

Footnotes:Isaiah 62:4 Literally My Delight Is in Her Isaiah 62:4 Literally Married


Second Reading: Luke 2:1-20


Christ Born of Mary

 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

    8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
       14 “ Glory to God in the highest,
      And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c] 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Footnotes:Luke 2:5 NU-Text omits wife. Luke 2:9 NU-Text omits behold. Luke 2:14 NU-Text reads toward men of goodwill. Luke 2:17 NU-Text omits widely.


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