Read and Willing
This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, January 25, 2015. The scripture is Mark 1:14-20. 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:
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.”44 (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.) 45 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” 46Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.” But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.” 47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.” 48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.” Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.” 49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! 51Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.