1. Wonder at the God who speaks and at the actual words He speaks. Be willing to walk away with a limp as well as a blessing.
  2. This text provides an occasion for you to teach and proclaim a broader picture of “the Gospel” as God’s saving work.
  3. Despite Nathanael’s pedigree, he still needed to have Jesus revealed to him. Apart from the Spirit’s work in creating faith, Nathanael would have been lost.
  4. In the season of Epiphany, we focus on the revelation of who Jesus is. From a clearer understanding of who He is, we will be in a better position to know who we are.
  5. More than Jesus being justified by His deeds, Jesus justified by His deeds. The deeds and work of His life actually justify and convey righteousness.
  6. It is not just a few words or a few questions coming at Jesus like a few drops of rain. It is the force of a people ready to revolt.
  7. Is ‘just as I am’ really good enough? Our answer has to be a nuanced “Yes and No.”
  8. The parable makes obvious what is rarely apparent: God is the absolute Lord of all, and human rebellion is both wicked and futile.
  9. To manipulate God with our questions is, ultimately, to try and get ourselves off the hook and/or God off the throne.
  10. Jesus called Peter to be a fisher of men so more people would be caught up in God’s gracious love through Jesus. But Peter needs to remember he is also one who needs to be caught-up in the same grace.
  11. When we are not running ahead of Jesus, we might be in a better position to see Jesus: Crucified and risen for sinners, among whom I am the chief.
  12. The same Word which stepped out of eternity into created time in order to speak light and life into creation when all was void and formless, that same Word still speaks.
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