Children's Sermon for Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial
anything good come out of Nazareth?
by Janet in MD
I have a Bible story for you today, about a guy who
made a mistake. There was a man named Philip, who met
Jesus and decided to follow him. Philip talked to
Nathanael, and told him "I have met the one that Moses
and the prophets told about! He is Jesus, from
Nazareth." Well, Nathanael didn't know Jesus, but he
knew Nazareth -- it was just a sleepy little town,
nothing much exciting there. Nathanael just laughed
and said "Hah! Can anything good come from Nazareth?"
Can you guess what Nathanael's mistake was? (let
them guess). See, he thought that he knew all about
Jesus just by knowing where he was from. And since he
thought Nazareth wasn't very good, he thought Jesus
couldn't be very good! What a huge mistake!
But then he met Jesus, and talked to him, and very
quickly realized that Jesus is the Son of God, the
King of Israel. Something really good had come out of
It is easy for us to make Nathanael's mistake. A
lot of times we think we know about people because we
know where they live, or what kind of car they drive,
or what school they go to, or the shape of their
bodies, or the color of their skin, or the language
they speak. But none of those things tell us what a
person is really like inside; none of those things
help us see people the way God sees them.
Do you know what tomorrow is? Tomorrow is the day
we remember Martin Luther King Jr. He was a strong
Christian and a great leader who helped change some
very bad laws we used to have in this country -- laws
that separated people because of their skin color. You
know what? I am sure that there were people in Martin
Luther King's time who looked at him and said "Hah!
Can anything good come out of Montgomery, Alabama? Can
anything good come out of the mouth of a black man?"
They didn't stop to listen to what he had to say, or
get to know him. They made Nathanael's mistake.
Nathanael fixed his mistake by getting to know
Jesus. We need to make sure that we take the time to
get to know people too -- not just judge them by where
they live or their skin color or their clothes.
Because God can make something good come out of
anybody, from anywhere, at anytime.