Four Fishermen Follow First
What a tongue twister! As we follow Jesus’ story, the next we are told he is ready to start telling everyone the good news, how God loves and cares for them … and much more.
How was he going to do that, do you think? No mobile phone or computers in those times! No television programmes to show to the people!
Besides, that wasn’t how Jesus would work. He wanted to meet, talk to and be among the people. If he was to get the news out there, he needed the help of others. So:
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said. I will make you fishers of men.’ At once, they left their nets and followed him.” (Bible: New International Version)
Jesus went a bit further and saw two other fishermen, James & John and their father, Zebedee, in a boat preparing their nets. James & John left their father and the boat straight away. Just like Simon Peter and Andrew, they followed Jesus. ‘Fishers for men’ was Jesus’ way of saying: gathering in people to listen to and follow his teaching.
Let’s chat about that
** I wonder what it would have been like that day to have been one of the fishermen?
** I wonder what else Jesus said? The fishermen felt it was important enough to leave all
that they were doing.
** I wonder what Zebedee thought as he saw his sons follow Jesus.
** I wonder what questions the fishermen asked Jesus.