Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                          14 January 2023

Isaiah 49:1–7

1Listen to me, O coastlands,

          and give attention, you peoples from afar.

The Lord called me from the womb,

          from the body of my mother he named my name.

2He made my mouth like a sharp sword;

          in the shadow of his hand he hid me;

he made me a polished arrow;

          in his quiver he hid me away.

3And he said to me, "You are my servant,

          Israel, in whom I will be glorified."

4But I said, "I have labored in vain;

          I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;

yet surely my right is with the Lord,

          and my recompense with my God."

5And now the Lord says,

          he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,

to bring Jacob back to him;

          and that Israel might be gathered to him—

for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,

          and my God has become my strength—

6he says:

"It is too light a thing that you should be my servant

          to raise up the tribes of Jacob

          and to bring back the preserved of Israel;

I will make you as a light for the nations,

          that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."

7Thus says the Lord,

          the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,

to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,

          the servant of rulers:

"Kings shall see and arise;         princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;

because of the Lord, who is faithful,

          the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."


Psalm 40:1–11 (Tone J)

1I waited patiently | for the Lord;*

          he inclined to me and | heard my cry.

2He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

          out of the | miry bog,*

and set my feet upon a rock,

          making my | steps secure.

3He put a new song in my mouth,

          a song of praise | to our God.*

Many will see and fear,

          and put their trust | in the Lord.

4Blessèd is the man who makes

          the |Lord his trust,*

who does not turn to the proud,

          to those who go astray af- | ter a lie!

5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

          your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

          none can com- | pare with you!*

I will proclaim and tell of them,

          yet they are more than | can be told.

6Sacrifice and offering you have not desired,

          but you have given me an | open ear.*

Burnt offering and sin offering

          you have | not required.

7Then I said, "Behold, | I have come;*

          in the scroll of the book it is writ- | ten of me:

8I desire to do your will, | O my God;*

          your law is with- | in my heart."

9I have told the glad news of deliverance

          in the great congre- | gation;*

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

          as you know, | O Lord.

10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

          I have spoken of your faithfulness and your sal- | vation;*

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

          from the great congre- | gation.

11As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

          your mer- | cy from me;*

your steadfast love and your faithfulness will

          ever pre- | serve me!

1 Corinthians 1:1–9

          1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

          2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

          3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

          4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 1:29–42a

          29The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.' 31I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." 32And John bore witness: "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."

          35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" 39He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus