Weekly Scripture

Isaiah 42:1-9 New Century Version (NCV)

The Lord’s Special Servant

42 “Here is my servant, the one I support.
    He is the one I chose, and I am pleased with him.
I have put my Spirit upon him,
    and he will bring justice to all nations.
He will not cry out or yell
    or speak loudly in the streets.
He will not break a crushed blade of grass
    or put out even a weak flame.
He will truly bring justice;
he will not lose hope or give up
until he brings justice to the world.
    And people far away will trust his teachings.”

God, the Lord, said these things.
He created the skies and stretched them out.
    He spread out the earth and everything on it.
He gives life to all people on earth,
    to everyone who walks on the earth.
The Lord says, “I, the Lord, called you to do right,
    and I will hold your hand
and protect you.
    You will be the sign of my agreement with the people,
    a light to shine for all people.
You will help the blind to see.
    You will free those who are in prison,
    and you will lead those who live in darkness out of their prison.

“I am the Lord. That is my name.
    I will not give my glory to another;
    I will not let idols take the praise that should be mine.
The things I said would happen have happened,
    and now I tell you about new things.
Before those things happen,
    I tell you about them.”

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Acts 10:34-44 New Century Version (NCV)

34 Peter began to speak: “I really understand now that to God every person is the same.

35 In every country God accepts anyone who worships him and does what is right.

36 You know the message that God has sent to the people of Israel is the Good News that peace has come through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lord of all people!

37 You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after John[a] preached to the people about baptism.

38 You know about Jesus from Nazareth, that God gave him the Holy Spirit and power. You know how Jesus went everywhere doing good and healing those who were ruled by the devil, because God was with him.

39 We saw what Jesus did in Judea and in Jerusalem, but the Jews in Jerusalem killed him by hanging him on a cross.

40 Yet, on the third day, God raised Jesus to life and caused him to be seen,

41 not by all the people, but only by the witnesses God had already chosen. And we are those witnesses who ate and drank with him after he was raised from the dead.

42 He told us to preach to the people and to tell them that he is the one whom God chose to be the judge of the living and the dead.

43 All the prophets say it is true that all who believe in Jesus will be forgiven of their sins through Jesus’ name.”

44 While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were listening.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:37 John John the Baptist, who preached to people about Christ’s coming (Luke 3).
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Matthew 3:13-17 New Century Version (NCV)

Jesus Is Baptized by John

13 At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River and wanted John to baptize him.

14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “Why do you come to me to be baptized? I need to be baptized by you!”

15 Jesus answered, “Let it be this way for now. We should do all things that are God’s will.” So John agreed to baptize Jesus.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove.

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him.”

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.