Psalm 126:1-6  When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.  2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”  3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.  4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb.  5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.  6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

 Isaiah 61:1-4  The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;  2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;  3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion– to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.  4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

 John 1:6-8, 19-28   6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.  . . .

19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”  20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”  21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.”  22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”  23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,'” as the prophet Isaiah said.

 24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”  26 John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”  28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

  <>< Pastor Ron Troup

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