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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Today's Focus:  Jesus Appears as the Lamb of God   Today we see John the Baptist point to Jesus and say, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (Gospel) On the cross, Jesus made the sacrifice which paid for the sins of the whole world. God wants news of this salvation to go to the ends of the earth as a light for all people (First Lesson). Look in faith to Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today's Focus: Jesus Appears as the Christ, the Anointed One   The title "Christ" means "the Anointed One." In the Old Testament, they would anoint someone with oil to show that God had set this person apart for a special task or a special office. At his baptism, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our Prophet, Priest, and King. As our Prophet, Jesus reveals God's Word to us. As our Priest, Jesus made the sacrifice for our sins by his death on the cross. As our King, Jesus rules in our hearts with his grace and rules the whole world for the good of his people. At his baptism, Jesus appeared as the Christ, the Anointed One.

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Today's Focus:    Jesus Appears as the Savior of the Nations  Today we celebrate the festival of the Epiphany of our Lord. The word "epiphany" comes from a Greek word which means "to appear." By nature, we were in the darkness of sin and unbelief. But God shined his light into our hearts when he revealed to us that Jesus is our Savior from sin. The festival of Epiphany emphasizes that this message is meant for all people: both Jews and Gentiles. Isaiah said that "nations will come to your light" (First Lesson). The Gentile Magi came to worship Jesus (Gospel). God revealed that "through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel...sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus" (Second Lesson). Jesus appeared as the Savior of the world.

New Year's Eve

Today's Focus:    New Year's Eve