Advent 4 (22 December 2013)

Isaiah 7:10–17; Romans 1:1–7; Matthew 1:18–25

God’s Word Is Fulfilled for Us in the Flesh and Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Mary

The Fourth Sunday in Advent turns our attention toward the Nativity of Our Lord. With the blessed Virgin Mary we await the coming of the Christ, her Son, conceived in her womb by the Word and Spirit of God. This fulfillment of the sign once given to the house of David, that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Is. 7:14), is now given to us in the Gospel. It declares that salvation is by His grace alone, entirely His work and a free gift. It also is the way and means by which the Lord our God is Immanuel, “God with us.” The almighty and eternal Son of God is conceived and born of Mary and is thus “descended from David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3). He comes in this way to save us with His own flesh and blood; He is called “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). As Joseph received this sign in faith and immediately “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matt. 1:24), we also live by faith in this holy Gospel.

The Gospel Lesson

Pr. Jonathan Fisk explains Matt. 1:18-25 (with a little bit of Isaiah 7):

The Epistle Lesson

Pr. Jonathan Fisk explains Rom. 1:1-7:

The Old Testament Lesson

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Christ in the Old Testament: The Sign of the Messiah with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 27:20, 11.1 MB, 18-Dec-13)

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Christ in the Old Testament: Revelation 7 and Isaiah with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:28, 11.6 MB, 1-Nov-13)