“Don’t misunderstand why I have come.
I did not come to abolish the law of Moses
or the writings of the prophets.
No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear,
not even the smallest detail of God’s law
will disappear until its purpose is achieved.
…let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word.
There is a difference between straw and grain!
Does not my word burn like fire?”
says the LORD.
“Is it not like a mighty hammer
that smashes a rock to pieces?
…Then they will know that I am the LORD.
…I will make known my holy name…
…Everything will happen just as I have declared it.
“Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me,
and anyone who isn’t working with me
is actually working against me.
…I will put my Temple among them forever.
I will make my home among them.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
And when my Temple is among them forever,
the nations will know that I am the LORD…
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look!
I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!
“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
“I looked for someone who might rebuild
the wall of righteousness that guards the land.
I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall…
Therefore, since we are surrounded
by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened
and what the angel had said to them about this child.
…It was just as the angel had told them.