The Third Sunday After The Epiphany

(21 January 2018) 

Jonah 3:1–5, 10; Ps. 62:1-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31, 32–35; Mark 1:14–20

Entrance: LSB 836 O God of Light

Of the Day: LSB 839 O Christ, Our True and Only Light

Offertory: LSB 688 “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake

Distribution: LSB 856 O Christ, Who Called the Twelve;

LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

Closing: LSB 810 O God of God, O Light of Light 

The Lord Calls Us to Himself by the Preaching of Repentance in His Name

When “the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time,” sending him to preach judgment against the great city of Nineveh, “Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord” (Jonah 3:1, 3). By this preaching, the people were brought to repentance. Because they “believed God,” as He spoke to them through His prophet, “they turned from their evil way” and were spared “the disaster that he had said he would do to them” (Jonah 3:5, 10). St. Paul also warns that “the appointed time has grown very short” (1 Cor. 7:29). Therefore, while we live in this world and deal with it, we are not to cling to it, nor put our trust in it, for “the present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31). Rather, give “your undivided devotion to the Lord” (1 Cor. 7:35). When our Lord Jesus Christ comes and is proclaimed in the Gospel, “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:14–15). Therefore, He still calls men and sends them to become “fishers of men” with the net of that Gospel (Mark 1:17).

Dr. Martin Luther:


“Therefore the treasures of the gospel are nets with which one formerly fished for men of wealth. The Apostle said, ‘I seek not what is yours, but you’ [2 Cor. 12:14]. And Christ said, ‘I will make you fishers of men’ [Matt. 4:19]. This sweet word directs as it attracts the will; indeed, it makes a man surrender his will to Christ. Hence St. Peter, portrayed as a fisherman in the city [of Rome], says, ‘For my ship I steer the Church, all the regions of the world are my sea, the Scripture is my net, man is the fish.’” Luther's Works 31:232–33 (Explanations of The Ninety-five Theses, #65)

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – Crazy Net Dropping Authority (Mark 1:14-20)

How many times have you heard that you are supposed to be a “fisher of men”? A lot, probably. But what if that verse isn’t directed at you? What if it was for another audience? As we wrap up Mark’s introduction in Mark 1:14-20, Mark makes it clear that seeing is NOT believing, but that belief comes by speaking - speaking particular words…God’s Word. This pericope is full of the power of God’s Word as Jesus calls the disciples, speaking only words, and they drop everything to follow him. Which is, of course, a fantastic setup for what Mark will be showing throughout his gospel - the power of God’s Word alone to create belief.

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Third Sunday after the Epiphany — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 52.5 MB, 2018-Jan-15)

Lectionary Podcast — Epiphany 3 — Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel Lesson from the Greek text.

Mark 1:14–20 (SBLGNT)

14 ⸂Καὶ μετὰ⸃ τὸ παραδοθῆναι τὸν Ἰωάννην ἦλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν κηρύσσων τὸ ⸀εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ θεοῦ

15 καὶ λέγων ὅτι Πεπλήρωται ὁ καιρὸς καὶ ἤγγικεν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ· μετανοεῖτε καὶ πιστεύετε ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ.

16 ⸂Καὶ παράγων⸃ παρὰ τὴν θάλασσαν τῆς Γαλιλαίας εἶδεν Σίμωνα καὶ Ἀνδρέαν τὸν ⸀ἀδελφὸν Σίμωνος ⸀ἀμφιβάλλοντας ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ, ἦσαν γὰρ ἁλιεῖς·

17 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, καὶ ποιήσω ὑμᾶς γενέσθαι ἁλιεῖς ἀνθρώπων.

18 καὶ ⸀εὐθὺς ἀφέντες τὰ ⸀δίκτυα ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ.

19 καὶ ⸀προβὰς ὀλίγον εἶδεν Ἰάκωβον τὸν τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου καὶ Ἰωάννην τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ καταρτίζοντας τὰ δίκτυα,

20 καὶ ⸀εὐθὺς ἐκάλεσεν αὐτούς. καὶ ἀφέντες τὸν πατέρα αὐτῶν Ζεβεδαῖον ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ μετὰ τῶν μισθωτῶν ἀπῆλθον ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ.

Literal Translation

(14)  And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God,

(15)  and saying, The time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent and believe in the gospel.

(16)  And walking along beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a small net in the sea; for they were fishers.

(17)  And Jesus said to them, Come after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

(18)  And leaving their nets, they immediately followed Him.

(19)  And going forward from there a little, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. And they were in the boat mending the nets.

(20)  And at once He called them. And leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, they went after Him.

Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.