This past Monday, I encouraged you to read Matthew 4:18-22. Just reading these verses at face value, a person could easily think this was the first meeting Jesus had with these men. But it wasn’t. The fact is: Peter, Andrew, James, and John had been casual followers of Jesus for the past year and a half.
The Gospel of John fills in this gap between Matthew 4:17 and 4:18. We’ve already seen that Jesus first met Andrew, John, and Peter immediately following His temptation. At that point, these men, along with Philip and Nathanael, began to follow Jesus. Think of them as Jesus’ starting five!
They went with Him to Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle, turning water into wine (John 2:1-11). Afterwards, Jesus traveled with these men to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. There Jesus turned over the money changer tables (John 2:13-17), encountered a Pharisee named Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), and met a Samaritan woman by a well (John 4:1-26).
But now after well over a year, Jesus was ready to call these men to a higher level of commitment. Matthew 4:20, 22 state that “immediately they left” what they were doing and followed Jesus.
Up to this point, these men had been investigating the claims of Jesus. They had been learning His identity – He was fully God and fully man. Although they did not comprehend it all, they were also growing in their understanding of the work Jesus came to do.
But now Jesus was calling them to leave behind their old way of life and follow Him fully and completely. He was drawing a line in the sand and asking them to follow Him without reservation.
How have you responded to Jesus’ call for commitment?
Love you guys!
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