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Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. 1/27/11

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. Matthew 4:17-22

After Jesus spoke to Peter of his future (Peter's) in the ministry as recorded in John's gospel, we return to Matthew's account which further highlights the beginning of our Lord's ministry. He began His ministry with the same call for repentance that His forerunner John had brought forth: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." He called on them to change their minds and leave their life of self focus and self orientation, in the recognition that the One who had been prophesied for many years had now arrived into the world to set things rightside up. For they had certainly been upside down since the fall. He did not come to set things aright according to the ways of man and his selfish and sinful ways, but according to the grace of God who from the beginning had been pointing to as well as awaiting this time in the history of the world. "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

Now God could pour out His grace upon His creation, but in doing so on the cross He must pour out His wrath against sin upon His very own Son so that the blood atonement would be satisified through the death of the innocent One. As Jesus announced to those in Capernaum that the kingdom was at hand, we do not know as to how those first hearers comprehended that which was heard by them. But they had seen and heard enough that when the four were called by Him to follow Him, they left their earthly occupations and in the latter case, their father, in order to follow Him. In the last part of our text we read that Jesus went about all of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all that he came to, who came to Him and who were brought to Him. He was revealing the grace of God toward the world by healing people in visible ways, healings that could not be denied by those who were with Him.

As He continued, great crowds followed Him from a widespread area. And then Jesus went up into the Mountain and when He was set there, He opened His mouth and began to teach His disciples. It is unclear as to whether the multitudes were in earshot, but let us imagine that we were there on that mountain that day and were able to hear the gracious words which came out of His mouth. In our next week's devotion, we will consider the words that we heard on that mountain as well as examine the sense and the meaning of those words. Til then, let us pray for open ears, open minds and open hearts.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 27 Jan 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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