The Good News of Deliverance

Third Sunday in Advent, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4; 8-11

Our scripture comes once again from the book of Isaiah. Today’s passage calls for preaching the good news of deliverance; the prophet states in verse one that they have been sent by God to bring good news to the oppressed and to proclaim the year of God’s favor. In Israel, this year was called the jubilee year. Every fifty years, debts were cancelled and slaves were set free. The prophet preaches this message of peace and justice so that those who feel captive can be set free. During Advent, we prepare for the coming of Jesus, who brings us deliverance through his crucifixion and resurrection.

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LPTW Advent 3, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Who are You?

Third Sunday in Advent, Year B
Scripture: John 1:6-8, 19-28

The Gospel of John tells the story of John the Baptist from a slightly different perspective. Who is this John? John understands he is a messenger of the light – not the light itself. Those in charge of keeping the faith are confused. Who is this man? Is this the long-awaited Messiah – or Elijah – or a prophet? John sees his mission as baptizing, and pointing to the one who is coming after him.

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LPTW Advent 3, Year B, Younger Children
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