And He saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matt 4:19 NASB)
Follow me. With these 2 words (three in the Greek, and I really don’t know how many in the language Jesus actually was speaking) turned the lives of men upside down.
Jesus actually calls them into a discipleship relationship.
3 Greek Words
- δεῦτε – deute - Come
- ὀπίσω – Opisō – Behind – After - Follow
- μου – mou - Me
Notice 3 things
- It is Invitational
- It is Directional
- It is Personal
Jesus invites us, He does not force Himself on us.
Jesus gives us the way to go, but does not just point us in a direction, He leads! With Jesus, you may not know the destination up front, but you know the way! He is the Way. The narrow way that he leads us is exactly one man wide. We enter through the way He made - The Cross.
Jesus call each of us individually. We are not called en-mass, but rather He is calling you by name.
When He called Peter and Andrew, it was so compelling, they left everything and followed Him.
This is what is meant by repent and believe.
Repentance is leaving the old way, and going a new way.
Believing was not about facts of Jesus birth, death and resurrection, but it was faith in the man Christ Jesus, that following Him was the right life choice.
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