No Time Like the Present
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, January 26, 2014. The scripture is Matthew 4:12-23. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
12When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee. 13He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali hills. 14This move completed Isaiah’s sermon: 15Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, road to the sea, over Jordan, Galilee, crossroads for the nations.16 People sitting out their lives in the dark saw a huge light; Sitting in that dark, dark country of death, they watched the sun come up. 17This Isaiah-prophesied sermon came to life in Galilee the moment Jesus started preaching. He picked up where John left off: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.” 18Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. 19Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” 20They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed. 21A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. 22Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father. 23From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives.
You can read both the New Revised Standard Version and The Message here.