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Advent | Christmas Through the Eyes of Isaiah

Advent | Christmas Through the Eyes of Isaiah

Comfort (Christmas Eve)

Isaiah 40:1-11 1 Comfort, comfort my people,    says your God.2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,    and proclaim to herthat her hard service has been completed,    that her sin has been paid for,that she has received from the Lord’s hand    double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling:“In the wilderness prepare    the way for the Lord;make straight in the desert    a highway for our God.4 Every valley shall be raised up,    every mountain and hill made low;the rough ground shall become level,    the rugged places a plain.5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,    and all people will see it together.For the…

Gladness and Joy

Isaiah 35:1-10 1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;they will see the glory of the Lord,    the splendor of our God. 3 Strengthen the feeble hands,    steady the knees that give way;4 say to those with fearful hearts,    “Be strong, do not fear;your God will come,    he will come with vengeance;with divine retribution    he will come to save you.” 5 Then will…

A Glorious Resting Place

Isaiah 11:1-10 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,    the Spirit of counsel and of might,    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,    or decide by what he hears with his ears;4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of…

Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:1-7 1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— 2 The people walking in darkness    have seen a great light;on those living in the land of deep darkness    a light has dawned.3 You have enlarged the nation    and increased their joy;they rejoice before you    as people rejoice at…