There were all sorts of occasions in His life when Jesus just seemed to turn up at a critical moment. The fishermen were just about to throw their nets into the water, the funeral cortege was on its way to the cemetery, the embarrassed Bridegroom was about to announce that the wine had run out …. And then Jesus appeared on the scene!
How well the disciples must have remembered the way Jesus changed the course of events.
This week, read about five such episodes in Jesus’ life. Try to imagine yourself as one of the bystanders.
What would you have thought about Jesus as a result?
Then Jesus showed up … at work.
v 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.
There we were, just getting on with our work, when Jesus showed up. We’d got the nets ready to launch – its quite a business you know getting them all laid out and mended – then Jesus came along. Right out of the blue he invited us to give up fishing and follow him. Can you imagine it! I’d never done anything except fishing before – learned it from my dad when I could hardly walk. He used to take me out on fine days and I would watch him hauling in the nets. I always wanted to be like him. Really tough, he was, and I could see myself being the same! And that’s how it worked out of course – until Jesus showed up on the scene. My brother Andrew knew a lot more about Jesus than I did – in fact it was he who introduced me to Jesus in the first place. Whoever could have imagined that it would end up like this, with me working for Jesus! There was no hesitation mark you – he just said ‘Follow me’ and off the two of us went. No sooner had we set off after him than we came across James and John, another couple of brothers with a fishing business, and he said the same to them.
As motley a collection of followers as you will see anywhere – why on earth did Jesus pick on us four? He had a plan somewhere I suppose.
And why did Jesus choose you to be one of his followers? Do you think he has some plan for your life too?