Sunday, January 29, 2023
Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12
The Lord tells His people, “I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery” (Micah 6:4). By the sacrifice of His beloved son, He has redeemed us from our slavery of sin and death; He has forgiven our transgressions by the shedding of His blood. His great mercy and salvation lead us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly” with our God (Micah 6:8).
We boast only in the incarnate and crucified Lord Jesus. He is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). He is our life and salvation, our “wisdom” and “righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Now He opens His mouth and teaches us His wisdom.
By His cross and Passion, the kingdom of heaven is ours. We receive mercy and are satisfied; we see God and are called sons of God in Christ. “Blessed are you,” therefore, “when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely” on account of Christ (Matthew 5:11).
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
The coming of Jesus as Christ shows the way of the Lord: He exalts the lowly instead of abandoning or executing them (1 Corinthians 1:27-28).
We ought neither encourage nor invite expectant mothers and fathers to sacrifice the fruit of their bodies for righting their wrongs (Micah 6:7). Christ Jesus has already become that redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30) and such compassion to the neighbor lifts us up to stand alongside God Himself (Micah 6:8).
8:00 and 10:45 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Adult Discipleship Class and Sunday School
Holy Communion is offered at both services.
Wednesday in Advent and Lent
6:30 p.m. Vespers