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The Second Sunday After Epiphany
Series B

John 1:43-51
Rev. Wayne Dobratz, B.S., M.Div.

INTRO: Billboards along the highway tell you what awaits you at the next exit and beyond. If you were traveling in the Black Hills area, you might see many WALL DRUG signs, reminding you that your trip will not be complete unless you visit that famous Drug Store. In today’s text, Jesus has a conversation with Nathaniel. When Nathaniel marvels at Jesus’ knowledge of him, Jesus tells him: "You will see greater things than that!"

Let’s travel farther down the road and find out what Jesus meant when he said that there were: GREATER THINGS AHEAD!

I. In the physical realm–they would see things they had never seen before.

A. Cf. Mat 11:5 "The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised..."

B. "And the good news is preached to the poor." Jesus himself rose from death–John 2:19-21, 11:25ff.; 1 Cor. 15:6ff.

II. In the spiritual realm, v. 51. See also Gen. 28 where God’s promises to Jacob were revealed in the Stairway to Heaven. 

Adam Clarke:  Heaven—This seems to be a figurative expression:

1. I take this saying to mean, that a clear and abundant revelation of God’s will should be now made unto men; that heaven itself should be laid as it were open, and all the mysteries which had been shut up and hidden in it from eternity, relative to the salvation and glorification of man; should be now fully revealed.

2.That by the angels of God ascending and descending, is to be understood, that a perpetual intercourse should now be opened between heaven and earth, through the medium of Christ, who was God manifested in the flesh. Our blessed Lord is represented in his mediatorial capacity as the ambassador of God to men....


A few minutes ago we heard about a boy named Samuel who lived in the Church. That sounds strange to us, but his mother dedicated him to the Lord even before he was born. He was to be a very special man. God would be speaking to him and through him. When people heard Samuel’s message, they were hearing God speak.

That happened often back then. What I want you to think about is how it all began. God called Samuel by name while he was sleeping in the Church of the time. Samuel didn’t know what to make of it the first time. He thought Eli, the old Priest, was calling him. That happened the 2nd time. Finally Eli figured out what was happening. He told him to tell God, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening." And that began the career of one of God’s greatest prophets.

Here’s why I am telling you all this. I don’t expect that God will speak to you the way He did to Samuel. But He still does speak to us. Someone may notice the talents God has given you and tell you to consider what God wants you to do with your life. Your best answer is the same one old Eli gave to Samuel: "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening."

And that’s good advice no matter how old you are.

Option #2: "Come and See"

John 1:43-51
Rev. Mark Borchert, B.S., M.Div.


Point: Jesus is the promised one. Come and see. Bring others to come and see.

Problem: We don’t expect enough of Jesus.

Promise:  The Son of God, the King of Israel comes to us and shows us the love of His Father, the forgiveness of sins



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