Matthew 4:12-23 v 19 “Jesus called out to them, “come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people.”
Jesus travelled around the sea of Galilee to the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. The prophet Isaiah had said that “the people in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” Jesus saw two brothers, fishing with a net. He called out to them, “come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people.” James and John were also fishing with their father, and He called them too. They immediately followed Him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
The Old Testament tells us repeatedly that a Messiah is coming. Matthew here points out the direct references and connection to this prophecy as he recounts the start of Jesus’s ministry. Jesus was unique but the patterns we see in the bible are relevant and useful today. So first look to the past for things that were done well. Peel back the layers of organization and see that the message is what Jesus taught, “repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven in near” as you look at starting a new year. Jesus saw good people as he travelled where He was meant to be and called them, they responded immediately. Some people have lived their whole lives in one place, others have travelled a different path but when you find yourself in the company of good people joining them to ‘fish for people’ follows the same pattern.
Continue today, step by step following Jesus just like the first disciples.
Prayer: Loving Father thank you for the people around us today who share the wonder of the world you created. We are sorry for the things we have done that led us away from Jesus and we pray that you will encourage us in this new year to keep following Him. Amen.