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Narrative Lectionary 2017/2018

Who Will You Choose?

I believe God discovered that people’s hearts were so stuck that they were going to make the wrong choice.  And, God being God, God figured out a way to work with THAT. God figured out a way to work with the most horrible, awful choice people could make.  God figured out a way to work with Jesus’ crucifixion. God figured out a way to turn worldly sin into Godly victory. That’s what I believe. And…God can STILL do that….regardless of what we choose.

What is Truth?

Y’all, there is ALWAYS a truth.  As followers of Jesus, followers of God, our job is to always, always, ALWAYS do our best to be a part of the truth, to always do everything we can to discern and reveal the truth, even to be honest about when we’re not 100% sure what the truth is.  Our job is to be a part of the truth, to reveal the truth, instead of MANIPULATING the truth, creating and spreading a FALSE TRUTH, to get what we want.

Easier Than Testimony

Y’all, this scene John describes, this scene of two interrogations, it’s one of the best known scenes in the gospels.  It’s the scene that DIRECTLY led to Jesus’ crucifixion. And it’s the scene that describes THE FAILURE of humanity that led to Jesus’ crucifixion.  Which gets me wondering every time I read it: why do we keep allowing the scene to repeat itself over and over and over again? Haven’t we learned?

Living Water

The reason to follow Jesus is because he is the life-giving water to life as God intended for it to be lived. The reason to seek God’s will with every action of your life is not to avoid punishment but to ENJOY life here on earth as it is in God’s eternal home. The reason to follow Jesus is because he offers life as the author of life intended for it to be lived…which HAS to be better than anything a mere created being can offer you.

Born of the Spirit (Combined with Celebration and Commissioning of Leaders)

But on this day, as I think back to a few moments ago and looking out on all the people who have served God as leaders in this congregation in the past year and who are committed now to serving God as leaders of this congregation in the coming year, I am reminded and inspired that God is very much alive and active, that God’s Spirit STILL calls and offers me new life in Christ, still offers me the chance to be born of the Spirit in the week to come and forever.

A Kingdom of Radical Change

Because it’s very likely we’ve become accustomed to the ways of the world’s kingdom, so accustomed to the ways of the world’s kingdom that we’re going to have to be open to some RADICAL CHANGE if we want continue Jesus’ ministry of ushering in a different kingdom, God’s kingdom, a kingdom devoted 100% to God’s desires with NO DISTRACTIONS, here on earth.

Jesus Made Known

And so, on this Epiphany Sunday, this Sunday on which we celebrate Jesus’ identity made known, I am asking you to consider how Jesus’ identity is being made known in our time, in YOUR life. Somehow, for some reason, you’ve made Nathanael’s choice. You’ve decided to “come and see”. You’ve decided to give up certain things that other people cling to so you can follow this Jesus. Like Nathanael, I’m guessing at least SOME of you, maybe most of you, needed a little more convincing to follow Jesus than could be had by simply listening to some other people tell you you should follow him.