1. This week’s text invites us to walk alongside a grieving sister. The connection to your hearers will be easy, for life in this world provides no shortage of reasons to grieve.
  2. This man lived his entire life in the darkness, that is, until he met Jesus.
  3. The woman in our text probably did not expect much from her trip to the well that day, but Jesus did. Jesus planned to meet her.
  4. Nicodemus remained silent. He stopped talking. He stopped asking questions. And he listened. He simply listened to Jesus. It was his smartest move yet.
  5. The eternal Word of God became a mortal human being, but not in some far-off heavenly realm. No, He took up residence among us.
  6. Matthew makes it abundantly clear that Joseph lacked one thing: Control. He may have been the titular head of his emerging household, but he was clearly not in charge. God was, as God always is.
  7. John the Baptist’s question in our text offers you an opportunity to help your congregation take seriously the doubts experienced by those who live by faith.
  8. The Lord is coming, that much is certain. He is coming to reign, not only over the heavens, but also over the members of your congregation.
  9. The command to love those nearby is as challenging as it is simple. Jesus took the initiative to come near to us in loving sacrifice.
  10. In other words, preachers need to help Christians navigate election season faithfully. This text can help.
  11. Jesus is making it crystal clear that the master, the king, God Himself decides who is and who is not welcome in His Kingdom.
  12. Contrary to common American Christian thinking, you would emphasize the individual is not the center of the biblical narrative. Christianity is not primarily about me and my relationship with Jesus.

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