August 11, 2019
Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-14
The Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign. It can be from the deepest depths or the highest heights.”
Ahaz answered, “I will not ask; I wouldn’t think of testing the Lord.”
“Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my God? So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Emmanuel [which means: God Is With Us].
Epistle Reading: 1 John 5:18-21
We know that those who have been born from God don’t go on sinning. Rather the Son of God protects them and the evil one can’t harm them. We know that we are from God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we know the real God. We are in the one who is real, his Son Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is the real God and eternal life. Dear children, guard yourselves from false gods.
Gospel Reading: John 1:6-17
God sent a man named John to be his messenger. John came to declare the truth about the light so that everyone would become believers through his message. John was not the light, but he came to declare the truth about the light.
The real light, which shines on everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world and the world came into existence through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He went to his own people, and his own people didn’t accept him. However, he gave the right to become God’s children to everyone who believed in him. These people didn’t become God’s children in a physical way—from a human impulse or from a husband’s desire to have a child. They were born from God.
The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth.
John declared the truth about him when he said loudly, “This is the person about whom I said, ‘The one who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did.’”
Each of us has received one gift after another because of all that the Word is. Laws were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ.