Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We were almost to Capernaum, walking beside the Sea of Galilee. I looked over the water as the waves ran up to the shore and crashed. In the distance, boats were pulled up to the shore, or just off of it.
We drew closer, and I could see two people throwing a net over the side of one. They looked familiar. Jesus was also watching them, a smile growing.
It was Simon and Andrew, the fishermen that went to hear John the Baptist. I was with Andrew when he met Jesus, though he went back to fishing with Peter after traveling with us for awhile. We stopped at the water’s edge.
I jerked in surprise when Jesus’ voice rang across the water, “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.”
I didn’t expect that. Most teachers waited for students to come to them. Very few picked their own disciples, it was almost unheard of. To follow Jesus meant we would go where he went, doing what he said.
They didn’t hesitate, leaving their nets and the boat on the shore, they came and joined us. Not far from their boat was another on the water’s edge.
An old man was in it with what looked to be his sons. It was Zebedee, James, and John. They listened to John the Baptist too.
Again Jesus’ voice rang out, startling me, calling them to come follow him. While they were climbing out of the boat, I thought of the commitment they were making. Leaving family and a job was a rare thing.
Generally, people who were inclined to follow a rabbi did so in their teens and twenties. Even rabbis were usually part-time teachers.
Following Jesus, now, that requires commitment, maybe even leaving everything behind if he calls for that.
Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20