The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24, 2018

Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1–5

Epistle: Acts 13:13–26

Gospel: Luke 1:57–80

As Lutherans, we give honor to the saints for three reasons: for thanksgiving, for the strengthening of our faith, and for the imitation of their faith and virtues.  Today we celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, thanking God not only for sending His Son to save humanity but for sending His prophet John to prepare the way.  Not only will God graciously visit His people in order to redeem them with the “horn of salvation” but He has chosen to send a messenger before Him so that all are prepared to receive the Good News.  The Collect of the Day appropriately captures this emphasis upon John as “the forerunner of Christ,” the one who “proclaimed salvation,” in order that we might know God’s gracious visitation in Christ.

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