Matthew 4:12-23, Children can follow along in Shine page 184 or Spark page 258
18 As [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Jesus is still quite new as a teacher and preacher. In fact, his cousin John was just arrested for being a preacher. Jesus is sad and lonely. His first action was to move to and set up a new home in a new town. I guess he felt a need for a new start. He then made friends. First it was the brothers Peter and Andrew, then brothers James and John. He said to them, "Follow Me." Soon he had a small group of friends who surrounded him. They became his community of support. These new friends followed Jesus as he began to teaching, preaching and caring for the sick and those with diseases.
Jesus' invitation is also for us to "follow him." As Mennonites, we take this invitation seriously. Notice who Jesus invited to be his friends. Not all of them were popular. In fact, disciples like Matthew (the one who wrote this text) was a tax collector. Tax collectors were one of the most hated groups of people and certainly not trusted by the general population. Jesus also spent time caring for the sick and those with diseases. We can find ways to reach out and care for others when they are sick. Sending cards or a text message lets others know we are thinking of them. Following Jesus' ways can be both challenging and truly rewarding.
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