Heavenly Father, thank You for meeting us again. We claim Your promise that when two or more are gathered together in Your name, You will be here among us. Even though we cannot see You, we know that You are here speaking to us through the Bible and Your still small voice, thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 1: 9-20, Fishers of Men
VV 9-11, ‘ ’ It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whomI amwell pleased.”
The Holy Trinity was active when John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the Jordan River. God the Father spoke from heaven to Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove. The Holy Spirit resting on Jesus’ head was prophesied by Isaiah 11:2, ‘’The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him’’. The Holy Trinity was also active at your salvation. God the Father sent Jesus to you, the Holy Spirit convicted you of sin, and you received Jesus into your hearts as your Saviour.
VV 12-15, ‘’Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. 14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the
gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Immediately after Jesus’ baptism, satan tempted Him in the wilderness. Jesus was with wild beasts, snakes, scorpions, etc. and the angels ministered to Him. The spiritual attack came after blessing. After every blessing, satan will attack you, but do not worry because Jesus is greater than satan. 1 John 4:4, ‘’He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.’’ Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for rebuking him for marrying Herodias, the wife of his half-brother Philip, as this was against Jewish law. Herod Antipas subsequently ordered the beheading of John the Baptist. Jesus commenced His public ministry in Galilee, and preached the good news of the Gospel after John’s imprisonment.
VV 16-20, ‘ ’And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.’’
The Sea of Galilee is a fresh water lake in the shape of a harp, 13 miles from north to south, 8 miles from east to west, and 680 feet below sea level. Jesus called Andrew and Simon (Peter) who were disciples of John the Baptist, saying, ‘’follow me and I will make you fishers of men’’. And immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus. Jesus also called James and John, the sons of Zebedee from their boats, and they too immediately followed Him. Instead of fishermen, these 4 would become fishers for the souls of men. Peter became the leader and spokesman of the apostles, author of 1 Peter, 2 Peter, John became a pastor of the church of Ephesus, and author of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. James became the first disciples to be martyred. Acts 11:2, ‘’He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword’’.
Heaven Father, thank You for coming to us as Messiah, Savior, Son of God and Son of Man. Thank You for people of faith like Andrew, Peter, James and John. They were fishermen but You made them into fishers of the souls of men. We pray that You will make into fishers of the souls of men to fulfil Your great commission. In Jesus’ name, Amen