December 7 Isaiah 24:1–13, 1 John 1:1—2:14
December 8 Isaiah 24:14—25:12, 1 John 2:15–29, Obadiah 1–21
December 9 Isaiah 26:1–19, 1 John 3:1–24
December 10 Isaiah 26:20—27:13, 1 John 4:1–21
December 11 Isaiah 28:14–29, 1 John 5:1–21, 2 John 1–13; 3 John 1–15
December 12 Isaiah 29:1–14, Jude 1–25
The voice of the Baptizer cried out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord . . .” (Isaiah 40:1–8). John called the people to be made ready for the Messiah’s coming through repentance, for “all flesh is grass.” Now He asks from prison, “Are you the Coming One?” (Matthew 11:2–10) Jesus’ works bear witness that He is. The sick are made well; the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. Their iniquity is pardoned; they have received from the Lord’s hand double forgiveness for all their sins. The stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1–5) still deliver Christ’s overflowing forgiveness to the poor in spirit, comforting God’s people with the word of the Gospel which stands forever. This Gospel produces rejoicing among those who believe. For in it, “the Lord is at hand” (Introit).
Lord, we implore You, give ear to our prayers and lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You now live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-8 (9-11) [Prepare the way of the Lord . . . comfort my people]
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4:1–5 [He who judges is the Lord]