Chapter 4 – Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee (Part 1)
Story No. 7 of 26) (Mark 1:16-20)
The brothers Simon and Andrew were previous followers of John the Baptist so, we can assume, like John, they were searching for the Messiah. Andrew had also previously spent a short time with Jesus when John the Baptist “saw Jesus pass by” and announce that He was, “The Lamb of God”.
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and saw Simon and Andrew fishing, they were casting their nets into the sea, Jesus said to them, “Come follow me, I will make you fishers of men”. Simon and Andrew immediately abandoned their work and went with Jesus.
Jesus changed Simon’s name to Cephas, the Aramaic name for, “Rock” which when translated to Greek means “Petros” or Peter.
The Apostles Simon Peter, Andrew and John were special to Jesus. He took them into the room where he raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead, he also took them up the mountain where he was Transfigured and he selected them to go further into the Garden of Gethsemane during his agony.
Simon and Andrew abandoned their daily job as fishermen to follow Jesus. They had become, “Fishers of men;” a huge commitment of faith in Jesus.
Lord Jesus, help me to abandon my little indiscretions but never abandon you, to seek your grace and blessings, and grow in greater faith for you.
Prayer: Teach Us
Teach us Good Lord;
To serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and to ask for no reward,
Save that of knowing we do your will.
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(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)