Summary Jesus Calls His Disciples
The word was out. The wild prophet named John had declared Jesus to be “the Lamb of God.” Curiosity had been peeked. Folks were hanging around to get a glimpse and see just what was so special about this Jesus fellow. But on the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Peter and his partners had no time for such indulgences. They were hard at work catching (or, rather, not catching) fish to sell at market. It had been a discouraging night, but a distinctly new day was dawning.
Along came the Teacher–this curiosity of Galilee–with a strange request. Climbing into the barren boat, He instructed Peter to drift out a ways as He taught. Then the strangest request: head into the deep water and drop the nets again. Peter must have heard something special in Jesus’ teaching. Something led Peter to believe that this man had a certain insight. After all, what would a carpenter know about fishing? After a brief, half-hearted objection, Peter acquiesced. What followed would change the course of Peter’s life and his eternity.
Jesus invites us to follow Him and we must each choose whether we will. Kids must understand that they don’t inherit their place in the kingdom. There are no buddy-passes. Belief in Jesus is an individual decision that every man, woman, and child must make for themselves. Once we believe, we are called sons and daughters of God.
“But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12 NLT
We finish out this lesson by looking at Peter’s example of being a disciple. From that day forth, he would depended on Jesus to meet his needs, say no to other things, and obey the teaching of his Master. All the things he did were proof of what he believed.
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Jesus Calls His Disciples (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-34; Luke 5:1-11)