The Difficulty of Discipleship
(A Sermon based on John 1:43-51)
It's difficult to be a person of faith - to be what the Scripture calls a true Israelite. It's especially difficult to be that person when you have time. Because when you have time to notice what's happening inside you see your questions all the more clearly; and you see your pains all the more visibly; and you see your sin all the more often. That is what makes it difficult to hold to the promises of God - when we feel so alone and unnoticed and uncared for by God. Here God in the person of Jesus ministers to that difficulty with a word that brought its first hearer so much joy that it lit him up like a firecracker. Listen in.