Isaiah 61:1-4 Common English Bible (CEB)
61 The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,
Isaiah 61:8-11 Common English Bible (CEB)
8 I, the Lord, love justice;
10 I surely rejoice in the Lord;
Psalm 126 Common English Bible (CEB)
A pilgrimage song.
126 When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,
4 Lord, change our circumstances for the better,
Luke 1:46-55 Common English Bible (CEB)
Mary praises God
46 Mary said,
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Common English Bible (CEB)
16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray continually. 18 Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Don’t suppress the Spirit. 20 Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21 but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil. 23 Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. 24 The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.
John 1:19-28 Common English Bible (CEB)
19 This is John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?”
20 John confessed (he didn’t deny but confessed), “I’m not the Christ.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
John said, “I’m not.”
“Are you the prophet?”
John answered, “No.”
22 They asked, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John replied,
“I am a voice crying out in the wilderness,
just as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 Those sent by the Pharisees 25 asked, “Why do you baptize if you aren’t the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”
26 John answered, “I baptize with water. Someone greater stands among you, whom you don’t recognize. 27 He comes after me, but I’m not worthy to untie his sandal straps.” 28 This encounter took place across the Jordan in Bethany where John was baptizing.