Nov 14, 2021
In our previous sermon, we learned of Jesus’ northward movement to Central Palestine because of John’s arrest. Jesus left the Judaean region, not out of fear, but because it was not yet His time to die.
His movement was also intended to achieve certain purposes like the preparation for a global ministry since that region was inhabited by both Jews and Gentiles
In this passage, we will see one other purpose in going to the Galilean region and that was to recruit FISHERS of MEN. Here are our TWO very simple points.
TEXT: Matthew 4: 18 – 22
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets;
and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
I. The Calling & Response of Brothers Peter & Andrew vv. 18 – 20
Jesus called them to be “FISHERS of MEN” is indicative of the fact that God was going to use their training in bringing men to Christ.
II. The Calling & Response of Brothers James & John vv. 21 – 22
It was not only Jesus who made a DIVINE DETOUR, these men had to make a DIVINE DETOUR as well to follow their Master.
The word “followed” comes from the Greek word “ἀκολουθέω” (“akoloutheo”) which speaks of COMMITMENT to IMITATING the one he follows.
Jesus’ divine detour brought Him to Galilee to recruit these fishermen to become fishers of men. These fishermen brothers likewise had to make a DETOUR from their NORMAL LIFE to a LIFE of FOLLOWING Jesus.