He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…
For to us a Child is Born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel.
She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
He will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.”
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise Him, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He had been conceived.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.