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Weekly Worship Bulletin Article
January 25, 2015
Pastor Keith Stork
John Stingy with His Words
Some authors paint a picture using intricate detail and well-crafted prose. They seem to be able to reconstruct conversations containing emotion and contextual background so that the reader can feel like they are standing just two feet from the action. It makes one feel part of the story and want to interact with the characters involved. And yet other story tellers leave you with more questions than answers.
Don’t you wish you could have been there when Jesus talked his disciples into following him for the very first time? It would have been so cool to sit by the lakeside or stand by a neighboring tree to witness those invitations; invitations to drop everything in the moment and walk away with someone you just met.
The Gospel author, John, doesn’t really recreate the moment very well (in my opinion). Only three words are quoted when Jesus invited Philip to join his small band. ‘He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”’ (John 1:43 NLT)
Come on! There had to be more! Where were the questions about what to bring along and where they would be staying? Where’s the dialogue about income and benefits? Didn’t Philip even inquire about Jesus’ resume and references? And, would they have internet access throughout their journey? Certainly keeping in touch with mom was important.
Sure, John may have left out a few details. But he certainly didn’t ignore the essence. “Come, follow me” was enough for Philip.
Is it enough for you?
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