5th Sunday after Epiphany 2/7/2021

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation

The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28).  He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Isaiah 40:22).  Yet His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion.  “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).  The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross.  As He dies for us there, He also raises us up, a new creation, in His resurrection from the dead.  Thus, by the preaching of this Word, He heals “many who were sick with various diseases,” and He casts out “many demons” (Mark 1:34, 39).  And His preaching continues through those whom He has sent, who are “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16-17).  Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.

Hymn of the Day                Hail to the Lord’s Anointed                               LSB 398

“Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” Lutheran Service Book LSB #398 – YouTube

Introit                        Psalm 13:3–5; antiphon: Psalm 13:6

Old Testament                                                                                      Isaiah 40:21–31

Epistle                                                                                           1 Corinthians 9:16-27

Gospel                                                                                                         Mark 1:29-39