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Luke 4:21-30

Jesus Walks Away

February 3, 2019

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Lectionary Year C

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ASK   (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Have you ever stopped doing something because things weren't going well?
  • For instance, have you ever been playing a board game where you were doing really well and then after a couple of bad turns you're suddenly in last place?
  • If you've had that happen, did you keep playing or did you give up and walk away?
  • Or maybe you've played a video game where you were doing really badly and so you stopped playing the game and walked away to do something else?
  • If you’ve ever done that, did that mean you stopped playing ALL board games and ALL video games forever or just that game at that time?

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • I ask about walking away when things aren’t going your way because I think it happens to us a lot.
  • And, in today's scripture story, we hear that Jesus was having such a bad day, that he walked away, too.
  • The day started out nice enough -- he had returned home and was with the people he had known as a child. They were excited about him being back home.
  • They were so excited that they asked him to teach them in their worship service.
  • But once Jesus actually started teaching in worship, the people quickly became upset with the things he said.
  • In fact, they told him to stop.
  • And when he did not stop, they tried to force him to stop.
  • They even tried to hurt him.
  • And that’s when Jesus decided that he had had enough and he walked away.

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

  • If I had had a day like Jesus did in today’s story, I'd definitely want to walk away, too.
  • And I think it’s good to know that even Jesus had to take moments where he needed to take a break – where he had to walk away from what was happening.
  • But, here’s the thing to remember: Even though Jesus walked away, Jesus didn’t quit doing what he had been doing.
  • Just like you didn’t quit playing board games and video games for forever, Jesus didn't quit sharing God’s love, healing, and forgiveness.
  • Because Jesus didn’t quit after he walked away, we have all these stories of his life and teachings that help us to know why and how we can live God's better way just like Jesus did.
  • And as we learn to live God’s better way, we also learn how to walk away from a bad day without letting it stop us from living and sharing God’s better way – just like Jesus did.
  • That’s the Good News for today. Let’s pray.


  • This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,
Dear God,

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…

…who shows us…

…who shows us…

…how to keep choosing your way…

…how to keep choosing your way…

…even when we’re having a really bad day.

…even when we’re having a really bad day.

Thank you and amen

Originally posted January 16, 2013

Updated on January 19, 2019

This children’s sermon was written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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