Repentance is the proper preparation for meeting Christ.

BibleGateway: Matthew 3:1-12

ESV Text: Matthew 3:1-12

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:47

     1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

     7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 328 :
O Jesus, Lamb of God Thou Art — Organ Audio

1. O Jesus, Lamb of God, Thou art 
The Life and Comfort of my heart. 
A sinner poor I come to Thee 
And bring my many sins with me. 

2. O God, my sin indeed is great; 
I groan beneath the dreadful weight. 
Be merciful to me, I pray; 
Take guilt and punishment away. 

3. Saint John the Baptist points to Thee 
And bids me cast my sin on Thee; 
For Thou hast left Thy throne on high 
To suffer for the world and die. 

4. Help me to mend my ways, O Lord, 
And gladly to obey Thy Word. 
While here I live, abide with me; 
And when I die, take me to Thee. 

The Child born in Bethlehem is truly God in the flesh, for His name is Immanuel.

BibleGateway: Matthew 1:18-25

ESV Text: Matthew 1:18-25

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:51 and ends at about 3:31

     18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 81 (LSB 372):
O Jesus Christ, Thy Manger Is
— Organ Audio

1. O Jesus Christ, Thy manger is 
My paradise at which my soul reclineth. 
For there, O Lord, Doth lie the Word 
Made flesh for us; herein Thy grace forthshineth. 

2. He whom the sea And wind obey 
Doth come to serve the sinner in great meekness. 
Thou, God’s own Son, With us art one, 
Dost join us and our children in our weakness. 

3. Thy light and grace Our guilt efface, 
Thy heavenly riches all our loss retrieving. 
Immanuel, Thy birth doth quell 
The power of hell and Satan’s bold deceiving. 

4. Thou Christian heart, Whoe’er thou art, 
Be of good cheer and let no sorrow move thee! 
For God’s own Child, In mercy mild, 
Joins thee to Him;-how greatly God must love thee! 

5. Remember thou What glory now 
The Lord prepared thee for all earthly sadness. 
The angel host Can never boast 
Of greater glory, greater bliss or gladness. 

6. The world may hold Her wealth and gold; 
But thou, my heart, keep Christ as thy true Treasure. 
To Him hold fast Until at last 
A crown be thine and honor in full measure.