THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT – Gaudete
Sermon Audio: 211212_1148
Sermon Transcript: Sermon December 12 2021 Heflin
Worship Bulletin: 2021-12-12 Third Sunday in Advent – Online
Children’s Bulletin: 02 Advent III
Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-11, 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5, Matthew 11: 2-11
John the Baptizer Prepares the Way for the Lord
The voice of the Baptizer cried out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord . . .” (Isa. 40:1). John called the people to be made ready for the Messiah’s coming through repentance, for “all flesh is grass” (Isa. 40:6). Now He asks from prison, “Are you the one who is to come . . .?” (Matt. 11:2). Jesus’ works bear witness that He is. The sick are made well; the dead are raised, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. Their iniquity is pardoned; they have received from the Lord’s hand double forgiveness for all their sins. The “stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1) still deliver Christ’s overflowing forgiveness to the poor in spirit, comforting God’s people with the word of the Gospel which stands forever. This Gospel produces rejoicing among all those who believe.