|FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Prophet and Savior
January 31, 2021
There have always been many names and descriptions associated with Jesus
Christ, and rightly so. As foretold in Isaiah, He would be called “Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Disciples would
call Him Rabbi, Teacher, and Lord. In our creedal confession, we
acknowledge He is both true man and true God. All of these are right and
proper, yet amid the many names and descriptions found in Scripture and the
Confessions, we focus today on the fact that Jesus is both Prophet and
Savior. The prophet Moses pointed to the greater Prophet, Jesus, the
fulfillment of prophesies as the saving Word made flesh, who came as our
“Son of God, Eternal Savior” [LSB 842]
1 Son of God, eternal Savior, Source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us, Hallows all our human race,
You our Head, who, throned in glory, For Your own will ever plead:
Fill us with Your love and pity, Heal our wrongs, and help our need.
2 As You, Lord, have lived for others, So may we for others live.
Freely have Your gifts been granted; Freely may Your servants give.
Yours the gold and Yours the silver, Yours the wealth of land and sea;
We but stewards of Your bounty, Held in solemn trust will be.
3 Come, O Christ, and reign among us, King of Love and Prince of Peace;
Hush the storm of strife and passion, Bid its cruel discords cease.
By Your patient years of toiling, By Your silent hours of pain,
Quench our fevered thirst of pleasure, Stem our selfish greed of gain.
4 Son of God, eternal Savior, Source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us, Hallows all our human race:
By your praying, by Your willing, That Your people should be one,
Grant, O grant our hope’s fruition; Here on earth Your will be done.
Lord of all, by Your hands all things were made. In Your Word is power over
order and chaos, light and darkness, life and death. Grant Your Spirit that we
become instruments of Yours by Your grace, humbly serving You through the
perfect Prophet and Savior of this world; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our
Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
OLD TESTAMENT READING Deuteronomy 18:15–20
15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among
you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired
of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said,
‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire
any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they
have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their
brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all
that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall
speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who
presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to
speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
HOLY GOSPEL Mark 1:21–28
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he
entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his
teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit.
And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have
you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But
Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the
unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of
him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among
themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He
commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his
fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
“They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who
had authority, and not as the scribes.” Jesus had the authority of God and He
was speaking the Word of God. Jesus had the authority of God because He
is the Son of God and God Himself. “In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) It is hard to
recognize the difference between truth and lies when you do not recognize
where the information is coming from. This is why anything that claims to be
true has to be compared to that alone which is true, God’s Word, the Bible, an
expression of God Himself. This is why believing in Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of sins and eternal life is so important. He is the only way to be
saved. He is the only one who died on the cross, rose from the dead,
ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. “Jesus
said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.” (John 14:6) There are no alternatives. The truth is
the truth. There are no substitutes.
LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy
will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and
forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.