Going Deeper 01.15.2021

The Gospel reading for Epiphany 2... John 1:43-51

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 about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

In our devotional a couple of days ago based on our first reading from 1 Samuel 3, I/we learned a new word: "hineni."  This Hebrew word translates as "Here I am" and conveys a willingness which is on display in this Gospel text.  Right after finding and calling Peter and Andrew, Jesus "found Philip and said to him, 'Follow me.' ” ‚ÄčAnd like Peter and Andrew (and soon Nathaniel), Philip's response demonstrates an "hineni" attitude, a willingness to answer the Lord's call into a very challenging and exceedingly important life of discipleship.

We have found him... Come and see.

This calling is into a radically different kind of life, one marked by compassion, gentleness and firmness, and by grace, one which calls for an end to violent talk and action and instead turns the other cheek, goes the extra mile, gives the extra coat, washes feet, and even sacrifices life in order to bring healing and peace.  Living in the way of Jesus means seeing others with whom we have differences in perspectives and opinions not as enemies, but as brothers and sisters to be loved and served.

What the world needs now is love... Christ's love.

With You in His Mission,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"