Gospel: John 1:29-42 (Epiphany 2: Series A)
This is what makes the reading from John so frightening and yet so exciting. Notice how Jesus appears. Not in miracles, not in marvels, but in relationships.
Epistle: I Corinthians 1:1-9 (Epiphany 2: Series A)
One name repeatedly emerges from the heart and mind of Paul: Jesus. Jesus is Messiah, Jesus is Savior, Jesus is the world’s rightful and reigning King.
Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-7 (Epiphany 2: Series A)
For the Israelites, the language of restoration cannot be separated from the language of resurrection.
Our words of proclamation from the pulpit not only bring repentance and comfort, enacting in our hearers an exchange of sinful identity for the identity of God’s child, but also the motivation and fuel for loving others.
Old Testament: Isaiah 42:1-9 (The Baptism of Our Lord: Series A)
In chapter 41 the servant is identified as Israel, but chapter 42 is a different servant. In fact, Matthew 12:18-21 makes the ID clear—this Servant is Jesus!