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Jesus -- the Messiah # 4

Read Mark 1:14-20.


14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of
God. 15"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe
the good news!"


16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew
casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17"Come, follow me," Jesus said,
"and I will make you fishers of men." 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John
in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father
Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.


Notes:


vv. 14-15 – Jesus publicly announces that the “kingdom of God” has come in
Him.  Satan had taken away the rule of God on earth, and now God was coming in Jesus to take back His rightful Kingdom.  The reign of evil would be over.  The reign of love and righteousness would begin.

Now Jesus needed to gather his disciples for the on-going struggle of love against evil on earth.  He went about calling people to “Repent and believe the good news” that the long-awaited Messiah had come to lead and save them.


vv. 16-20 – Jesus called ordinary people to join Him in the battle.  He told fishermen that they would be “fishers of men” if they joined Him.  The first ones to respond to Jesus’ call were two sets of brothers.  They showed themselves to be obedient “sons of God.”   They would become the first four of Jesus’ twelve disciples, in training for the struggle to bring in God’s kingdom of love and righteousness on earth.



We will see that Jesus goes on to call all people to become His disciples and join in His struggle against evil.  The first disciples “at once left their nets and followed Him.”  Would you be ready to make that courageous step with your life?


Looking forward to your next email,


 


Abraham


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