Scripture Readings for November 24, 2019 (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Luke 1:68-79
• Colossians 1:11-20 • Luke 23:33-43
23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!
says the LORD.
23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the
shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock,
and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will
attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.
23:3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands
where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they
shall be fruitful and multiply.
23:4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they
shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David
a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute
justice and righteousness in the land.
23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.
And this is the name by which he will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."
1:68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his
people and redeemed them.
1:69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,
1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
1:71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
1:72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has
remembered his holy covenant,
1:73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us
1:74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve
him without fear,
1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
1:76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you
will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of
1:78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break
1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace."
1:11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his
glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience,
1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance
of the saints in the light.
1:13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the
kingdom of his beloved Son,
1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
1:16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers--all things have been
created through him and for him.
1:17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn
from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
1:20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified
Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
23:34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what
they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing.
23:35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him,
saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God,
his chosen one!"
23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,
23:37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"
23:38 There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."
23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying,
"Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"
23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are
under the same sentence of condemnation?
23:41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what
we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."
23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
23:43 He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."