O Come, Emmanuel

Matthew 3:1-12 (NIV)
John the Baptist Prepares the Way

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”
John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.  The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

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5 Responses to O Come, Emmanuel

  1. just stevie says:

    Good Sunday morning! December 1st…beginning of Advent!

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    • Hoofhearted says:

      He was born in an obscure village.
      He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.
      He then became an itinerant preacher.
      He never held an office.
      He never had a family or owned a house.
      He didn’t go to college.
      He had no credentials but Himself.
      He was only thirty-three when the public turned against Him.
      His friends ran away.
      He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.
      He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
      While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had on earth.
      He was laid in a borrowed grave.
      More than twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race.
      All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the air force that ever flew, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that have ever reigned have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that ONE SOLITARY LIFE.

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    • Lucille says:

      Clarification from the comment section: “Just in case anyone wondered, this is not Chris Tomlin. It’s Christy Nockels singing on Chris Tomlin’s CD.”

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  2. Menagerie says:

    We hung a wreath at the entry, put up the tree with lights only, no decorations yet, and placed the Advent wreath. I like to observe Advent as a time of preparation.

    The Church urges us, especially in the readings for Advent, to use this time of waiting and preparation as a time to be ready for the return of Jesus. This year I plan to really spend more time in silence, listening. Waiting.

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