“ Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
He blessed Joseph, and said, “ The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
“Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
A Psalm of David. The Lord says to my Lord: “ Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”
I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.
For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
Now in those days John the Baptist * came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
This is the one about whom it is written, ‘ Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “ Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way;
And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet.
And He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him,
John * testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘ He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”
I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’
And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘ I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’
This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.
after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Paul said, “ John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”
A voice is calling, “ Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.