Summary: Following God means embracing change
Intro: *note - will have just finished having communion service
Jesus tells us to do this in remembrance of him. Let’s reflect a little on the Lord Jesus, and the earthly ministry he had while he was here among us. We know that Jesus came to do the father’s will. He came to finish the work the Father had given him. Yet, as God come to earth, Jesus could have lived, worked, and died alone. Yet he didn’t. He called others to be with him. He called disciples to come and follow, to observe, to learn, to go, and to become like him in all they did.
I would assert to you today that God’s method of bringing change to our world is through using individuals who are faithful to their calling. God could use superstars, and occasionally he brings the Billy Grahams to the forefront. Yet more often, he chooses to use the ordinary Bobs and Janes, the Bills and Marys. 1 Corinthians tells us “the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things . . . so that no-one may boast before him. Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Let’s talk about . . .
I. Jesus’ pattern in choosing the disciples
Jesus uses three steps in calling his disciples: Come and see, come and follow, go and preach. And he gives these calls in stages to his disciples. So many times we get the idea that Jesus just goes out one day, picks twelve, and goes about healing and teaching. Let’s look at the scriptures, and see the progression Jesus goes through with his disciples.
Remember that John the Baptist has been preaching by the Jordan. Jesus goes down to be baptized of him, and then goes out to the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. He returns, and in John 1:35-51 we see Andrew and another disciple, possibly John, spending the day with Jesus. They spend the day, and go home to tell their friends about being with Jesus.
John the Baptist is later put into prison. In Mark 1:14-21 we see after John is in prison Jesus meets up with Peter, Andrew, James, and John. They come and follow Jesus.
In Mark 3:13-19 we see Jesus again calling disciples to follow him, and he appoints the 12 as apostles, those commissioned with a message to share. He designates them as ones who will be going out. He chooses them so they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.
Later in Mark 6:7-13 we see the 12 being sent out on their first trial preaching trip. They have been with Jesus, have learned from Jesus, and now it’s time for them to share what they know to be true about Jesus. They get the chance to go out on their own.
In Mark 6:30 we see they come back and the first thing Jesus does is give them a test. He tells them to feed the 5000. He helps them to see that even though they have grown much, they still are lacking in their faith.