Comfort for God’s People

Comfort for God’s People

Readings: 2 Peter 3:8-15a,18; Mark 1:1-8

Text: Isaiah 40:1-11

40:1      Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2      Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins.

3      A voice of one calling:
“In the desert prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.
4      Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5      And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the
LORD has spoken.”

6      A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
7      The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8      The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever.”

9      You who bring good tidings to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10      See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,
and his arm rules for him.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11      He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.