The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany, February 3, 2019

Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4–10 (17–19)

Epistle 1 Corinthians 12:31b–13:13

Gospel Luke 4:31–44

God accomplishes great things. No surprise in that. What may be surprising is how he accomplishes great things —and what things are truly great. Great things God accomplishes through his word: the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, by his word casts out a demon, raises Simon’s mother-in-law from a fever, and heals many “who were sick with various diseases” (Gospel, Lk 4:40). Jesus’ teaching and healing show that “his word possessed authority” (4:32, 36) over death and the devil.  The presence of Jesus as teacher and miracle worker means the presence of the Kingdom of God – the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.

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