Jesus’ call to Peter the fisherman to “fish for people” was a play on words. Responding to Jesus’ call on our lives means putting our talents to work for God.
Pastor Sande uses the examples of David and the Apostle Paul to show how God never promises us an easy life but always promises to be with us to help us overcome life’s challenges.
Through the words of the prophet Jeremiah, the LORD promises to fulfill his promise to Israel and Judah; that a “righteous branch” would come form the line of David to bring salvation to God’s people.
Just as Daniel, in the movie The Karate Kid, unknowingly learned the basics of Karate by waxing Mr. Miagi’s deck and cars, so the Israelites gradually learned of God and his plan of salvation through what as known as “progressive revelation” beginning in Genesis and continuing through the Gospels.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” Our reflection on scripture leads us into a celebration of Holy Communion where we receive the Bread of Life in the here and now.
Jesus said, “You must be born again.” That can also be translated as born from above, born anew, or born of the spirit. But what did that mean to Nicodemus then and what does it mean for us today?
Jesus says that only those who choose the narrow gate will enter heaven while those who enter through the wide gate will find that, though the path is easy, it ultimately leads to destruction.