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Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus’ Disciples Are Ordinary People

January 22, 2017

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Lectionary Year A

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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning
  • I have a question for you, and it is maybe a little bit difficult to answer: Can you tell me what you think the word “ordinary” means?
  • Those are all good answers! Thank you for helping me out!  
  • I’ve been thinking about this word some myself and one of the easiest ways I’ve found to explain what the word “ordinary” means is to say what it is not.
  • Something that is ordinary is something that is NOT special, is NOT amazing and is NOT hard to find.
  • This means that when it comes to most people, although we are important to our loved ones and to God, most of us are ordinary people.
  • And this is not a bad thing, whatsoever.
  • But if we do think of ourselves as ordinary, then it is also hard for us to think that we can do special, amazing, and rare things.

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In the time and place where Jesus lived, the people thought the same things about being ordinary that we do.
  • They thought that you had to be a special person to do special things.
  • Teachers, for instance, would go to special places, like the city of Jerusalem where the Temple was, and try to get the smartest, most dedicated, most gifted students/disciples to follow them.
  • But in today’s scripture story, we see that Jesus did just the opposite of this.
  • We see Jesus go to a very ordinary town.
  • Once Jesus is there, he then asks very ordinary people to be his disciples.
  • And he tells these ordinary people who are from ordinary places, “ You’re going to learn to do what I’m doing and then you are going to do it, too.”
  • This is what he means when he tells them, “I will make you fish for people.”

SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • Now…it is easy to think that we can’t follow Jesus or do what Jesus did because we aren’t special like him.
  • But if you think like that, then Jesus is going to disagree with you and his ordinary disciples from ordinary places are going to disagree with you, too.
  • Because those ordinary disciples from ordinary places actually went and followed Jesus.
  • And though it took them some time to learn what Jesus was teaching them, they DID learn what Jesus was teaching them about how to live God’s better way.
  • And this is the Good News for today:  If Jesus’ disciples, who were ordinary people from ordinary places, can follow and do what Jesus did — then so can we!


  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God…

Dear God…

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…

…who invites ALL of us…

…who invites ALL of us…

…to learn and then live…

…to learn and then live…

…your better way.

…your better way.

Thank you and Amen.  

Originally posted January 26, 2014
Updated on January 8, 2017
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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