In the next few weeks we will be discussing the journey to and through the cross. See the introduction to the series on the main page below this post. As we have just celebrated the death and resurrection of our Savior the time is upon us where we can still feel the increase of our faith. It it a marvelous, miraculous, thing that Jesus can lift us up out of our daily trials and tribulations, worries and wondering, and increase our faith as we turn our eyes upon Him. I know this series was to begin Monday, but due to schedule upheavals from the passing of our loved one we begin today. I pray this journey blesses you as it has me and more.
18 As 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 send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4:18-20 NIV
Our focus today is on Matthew 4:19. In the command to come and follow, the word follow has a two-fold meaning. Follow is actually two words in the Greek. One Duete (doo-et-ey) meaning “Come here”, and the other Opiso (oh-piz-o) meaning “Get behind!”. These two words tell us that the command He gave was get behind Me and follow Me.
The disciples as he called them one by one left everything and followed Jesus. Where did they follow Him to? We are going to take a look at their following of Jesus to expound on the command, and acknowledge what it truly means to follow Him.
We will follow Him as they did. We will see the disciples experience the gathering of others, miracle witnessing and on the job ministry training, celebration and questioning, a pressing place, the Crucifixion, confusion and death, Resurrection, doubt, fear, belief, denial, restoration, the commissioning, waiting and praying, and a further call to follow.
Our first set of questions to address are:
Do I believe God or do I just believe in God? Do I believe God will only keep his promises to others, or do I believe He will do what He has promised for me? Do I really know what it means to follow Him? Allow yourself to ponder these questions prayerfully. Read the account of the calling of the first disciples. Even go back to the beginning of chapter four so that the context of the chapter can shed light on this command. Our first memory verse is Matthew 4:19. Meditate upon it throughout the week. Chew on it until it fills you.
However, another thing struck me this morning is such a profound way that I leave you with this: