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(10 December 2023)


Isaiah 40:1–11

2 Peter 3:8–14

Mark 1:1–8


You Are Prepared through Repentance for the Coming of the Lord


“The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) begins when John the Baptist appears and comes “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). As the prophet Isaiah had written, John is the messenger of the Lord, sent before His face to prepare His way. To this day, the ministry of the forerunner continues in the preaching of the Law and the Gospel and in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. By these ways and means, “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Is. 40:5), and the Good Shepherd “will gather the lambs in his arms” (Is. 40:11). He speaks “tenderly to Jerusalem,” and He comforts His people by pardoning their iniquity (Is. 40:1–2). What is more, He promises “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Repent, therefore, and humble yourself as you wait for His coming in peace (2 Peter 3:14), because He “is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).




Old Testament:


Isaiah 40:1-11 
    Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
    [2] Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
        and cry to her
    that her warfare is ended,
        that her iniquity is pardoned,
    that she has received from the Lord's hand
        double for all her sins. 
    [3] A voice cries:
    "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
        make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 
    [4] Every valley shall be lifted up,
        and every mountain and hill be made low;
    the uneven ground shall become level,
        and the rough places a plain. 
    [5] And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
        and all flesh shall see it together,
        for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." 
    [6] A voice says, "Cry!"
        And I said, "What shall I cry?"
    All flesh is grass,
        and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. 
    [7] The grass withers, the flower fades
        when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
        surely the people are grass. 
    [8] The grass withers, the flower fades,
        but the word of our God will stand forever. 
    [9] Get you up to a high mountain,
        O Zion, herald of good news;
    lift up your voice with strength,
        O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
        lift it up, fear not;
    say to the cities of Judah,
        "Behold your God!" 
    [10] Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
        and his arm rules for him;
    behold, his reward is with him,
        and his recompense before him. 
    [11] He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
        he will gather the lambs in his arms;
    he will carry them in his bosom,
        and gently lead those that are with young. 
Psalm 85:1-13 
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
    Lord, you were favorable to your land;
        you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 
    [2] You forgave the iniquity of your people;
        you covered all their sin.  Selah 
    [3] You withdrew all your wrath;
        you turned from your hot anger. 
    [4] Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
        and put away your indignation toward us! 
    [5] Will you be angry with us forever?
        Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 
    [6] Will you not revive us again,
        that your people may rejoice in you? 
    [7] Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
        and grant us your salvation. 
    [8] Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
        for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
        but let them not turn back to folly. 
    [9] Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
        that glory may dwell in our land. 
    [10] Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
        righteousness and peace kiss each other. 
    [11] Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
        and righteousness looks down from the sky. 
    [12] Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
        and our land will yield its increase. 
    [13] Righteousness will go before him
        and make his footsteps a way.
2 Peter 3:8-14 
    But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. [9] The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. [10] But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 
    [11] Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, [12] waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! [13] But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 
    [14] Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 
Mark 1:1-8 
    The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 
    [2] As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
    "Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
        who will prepare your way, 
    [3] the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
        'Prepare the way of the Lord,
        make his paths straight,' "
    [4] John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. [5] And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. [6] Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. [7] And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. [8] I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."