The Third Sunday in Advent

(17 December 2017)

Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11; Ps. 126:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28

Entrance: LSB 349 Hark the Glad Sound

Of the Day: LSB 345 Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

Offertory: LSB 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment

Distribution: LSB 347 Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People;

LSB 354 Arise, O Christian People

Closing: LSB 338 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

The Coming of the Christ Brings True Rejoicing in His Forgiveness

When he preaches repentance, John the Baptist points us to Christ Jesus. John was sent by God “as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). He baptizes with water in order to “make straight the way of the Lord,” who shall redeem His people from their sins (John 1:23). That Lord Jesus “who comes after” John now stands among us and makes Himself known to us (John 1:26–27). He has been anointed by the Holy Spirit “to bring good news to the poor” and “to bind up the brokenhearted” (Is. 61:1). By the washing of the water with His Word and Spirit, He clothes His Church with “the garments of salvation” and adorns her with His own righteousness “as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Is. 61:10). Therefore, we “rejoice always” in the Lord, “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16–18). For “the God of peace,” who has called you by the Gospel, will surely “sanctify you completely,” so that “your whole spirit and soul and body” will “be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23–24).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Shouting in the Wasteland (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

John 1:6-8 and 19-28 is our text for this Greek Tuesday. We’re on to the third Sunday in Advent now, and today’s topic is John the Baptizer doing what he does - baptizing people in the wilderness. The Pharisees are confused as to who John and is what exactly he is doing, so they send some representatives out to meet him and get the low down.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Third Sunday in Advent — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 52.5 MB, 2017-Dec-11)


Lectionary Podcast - Third Sunday in Advent - Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel Lesson from the Greek text. (22:59)


John 1:6–8, 19–28 (SBLGNT)

6 Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης·

7 οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν διʼ αὐτοῦ.

8 οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, ἀλλʼ ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός.

19 Καὶ αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ Ἰωάννου ὅτε ⸀ἀπέστειλαν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἐξ Ἱεροσολύμων ἱερεῖς καὶ Λευίτας ἵνα ἐρωτήσωσιν αὐτόν· Σὺ τίς εἶ;

20 καὶ ὡμολόγησεν καὶ οὐκ ἠρνήσατο, καὶ ὡμολόγησεν ὅτι ⸂Ἐγὼ οὐκ εἰμὶ⸃ ὁ χριστός.

21 καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτόν· Τί οὖν; ⸂σὺ Ἠλίας εἶ⸃; καὶ λέγει· Οὐκ εἰμί. Ὁ προφήτης εἶ σύ; καὶ ἀπεκρίθη· Οὔ.

22 εἶπαν οὖν αὐτῷ· Τίς εἶ; ἵνα ἀπόκρισιν δῶμεν τοῖς πέμψασιν ἡμᾶς· τί λέγεις περὶ σεαυτοῦ;

23 ἔφη· Ἐγὼ φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ· Εὐθύνατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, καθὼς εἶπεν Ἠσαΐας ὁ προφήτης.

24 ⸀Καὶ ἀπεσταλμένοι ἦσαν ἐκ τῶν Φαρισαίων.

25 καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· Τί οὖν βαπτίζεις εἰ σὺ οὐκ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς ⸂οὐδὲ Ἠλίας οὐδὲ⸃ ὁ προφήτης;

26 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰωάννης λέγων· Ἐγὼ βαπτίζω ἐν ὕδατι· ⸀μέσος ὑμῶν ⸀ἕστηκεν ὃν ὑμεῖς οὐκ οἴδατε,

27 ⸀ὁ ὀπίσω μου ⸀ἐρχόμενος, οὗ ⸂οὐκ εἰμὶ⸃ ἄξιος ἵνα λύσω αὐτοῦ τὸν ἱμάντα τοῦ ὑποδήματος.

28 ταῦτα ἐν Βηθανίᾳ ἐγένετο πέραν τοῦ Ἰορδάνου, ὅπου ἦν ⸀ὁ Ἰωάννης βαπτίζων.


Literal Translation

(6)  There was a man sent from God; his name was John.

(7)  He came for a witness, that he might witness concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him.

(8)  He was not that Light, but that he might witness concerning the Light.

(19)  And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites that they might ask him, Who are you?

(20)  And he acknowledged and did not deny; yea, he acknowledged, I am not the Christ.

(21)  And they asked him, What, then? Are you Elijah? And he said, I am not. Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No.

(22)  Then they said to him, Who are you, that we may give an answer to those sending us? What do you say about yourself?

(23)  He said, "I am a voice crying in the wilderness:" "Make straight" "the way of the Lord," as Isaiah the prophet said.

(24)  And those who had been sent were of the Pharisees.

(25)  And they asked him and said to him, Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

(26)  John answered them, saying, I baptize in water, but One stands in your midst whom you do not know;

(27)  This One it is who has come after me, who has been before me, of whom I am not worthy that I should loose the thong of His sandal.

(28)  These things took place in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.