Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Κύριος Notes:First Lesssons on Fishing for Men


The Solid Rock

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

Scripture Reflections: Matthew 4

18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20At once they left their nets and followed him.

The call to discipleship was a call to a change of vocation. Peter and Andrew were to be a fishers of men. They were going to be learning a whole new kind of fishing. The call to discipleship is always a call to change and growth. Where are the places that I need to grow Lord Jesus? Where are the places where the call of the Master is to stepping out and following in a new direction?

21Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

James and John were called to discipleship to learning from the Master and they left without hesitation.

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. 25Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[f] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Lord Jesus--The first lesson of fishing for men that these four disciples learned was the the lesson of the miraculous. Catching men would always be an event that was not based on a pattern or a plan so much as a divinely sponsored, divinely lead and divinely powered process. People lives were changed.by their encounter with You Lord Jesus. They were physically changed, those who had demons were spiritually changed, those who had severe pain no longer had pain. People were lining up for miles around to see and to experience that change in their lives.

I wonder what was going through the minds of Peter, Andrew, James and John as they were watching You heal the masses Lord Jesus. As they saw that a touch from you hand made the pain go away, at the touch of your hand the disease went away, at your command the demons fled. I wonder if they realized how dependant on You that they would be...without you active in lives of your people it is all dead motion. But with you active and working among your people life is never the same.

Lord Jesus work in the life of your people today teaching the lesson of miracles to this needy generation. Teach me the lessons of miracles if I get that right the fishing becomes easy.

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