1. For Jesus to be enforcing God’s Law seems strange to some people today, and it would have seemed strange to some people back then.
  2. God has the power to take that which is small, that which is overlooked, that which is despised, and use it to create something wonderful.
  3. By listing a series of situations in rapid succession, Jesus overwhelms us with how practical, how real, how tangible, how concrete, how utterly achievable life in the kingdom can be.
  4. Jesus curses our cultural expectations. He says "woe" to those who are rich, satisfied, joyful, and praised. The good life of our world is not good for discipleship.
  5. The miraculous catch of fish happens not just once in the ministry of Jesus but twice. And, interestingly this miracle happens twice to the same person. Simon Peter.
  6. God’s people have gathered in worship while there is a war going on, and this war has two opponents: The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of God. There is no middle ground.
  7. But Jesus comes to us today and reminds us that He has the power to make disciples in the midst of conflict and suffering.
  8. We like to close with something great. We even have a saying for this behavior: “Saving the best for last.” God Himself has a way of saving the best for last.
  9. John has been preaching a radical vision of God, where God holds people accountable for their sin and calls them to repent. What will Jesus do?
  10. This is the wonder which is present in the calling of the disciples. Not how they drop their nets to follow Jesus, but that Jesus does not need to go far to find disciples. He chooses the people He lives among.
  11. This is what makes the reading from John so frightening and yet so exciting. Notice how Jesus appears. Not in miracles, not in marvels, but in relationships.