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14 January 2012

Sermon: Epiphany 2 (Gospel)

14 January AD 2012

Sermon Theme: An Israelite Indeed

Summary: Pure religion is faith in Jesus, created and sustained by His Word and Sacraments. The Holy Spirit calls us to be free of deceit and open to receiving forgiveness, life, and salvation in Christ Jesus.

We are not to be like the 1st Century Jewish leaders who divorced faith and practice and could not fully reconcile God active in His Word (as emphasized by the Pharisees) with His forgiveness delivered in the rituals of the temple through blood sacrifice (the focus of the Sadducees).

NathanaelText: The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”

Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
John 1:43-51

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of An Israelite Indeed, preached to the saints of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 139:1-10; 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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