Summary: Peter and Jesus meet and Peter becomes a fisher of men. Get ready for God's call
This past Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent. Many people give something up for Lent. I’m not always sure people understand why they do it. It just seems like the thing to do because that is what others are doing. For some reason this is not something that growing up that my family really ever got into. Many people give up things like sweets, soda(pop), alcohol. This if fine but I want to warn against something if you have decided to give something up for Lent.
Are you doing this for you or are you doing it so that you can draw closer to the Lord? If you are giving something up then what are you replacing it with? Maybe you should be focusing on adding something. Adding more time in scripture. Committing to read scripture every day. I’m just throwing out some food for thought.
During this time of Lent where we begin to prepare ourselves for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter morning I thought we would take a look at one of his closest followers, Peter.
We are going to look at Peter’s early contact with Jesus and his subsequent decision to follow him. So open your bibles with me this morning to Luke 5:1-11. Put a finger in that passage and then turn over to John 1:35-43. Let’s look at God’s Word together this morning.
We know that Peter was a fisherman but what else do we know about him? We know that he was an outspoken guy. We know that he was impulsive. He often seemed to put his foot in him mouth. He was Andrew’s brother. He was in business with James and John and their father Zebedee.
We can maybe draw some assumptions about him. Since he was a Jewish male he would have been educated to a certain extent about the Old Testament laws and prophets. He may have been a fairly successful at his business. They were in business with James and John and had at least two boats in their fleet.
At this time in history the Jews were waiting for the Messiah. They knew the prophecies and they had been praying for God to deliver them from Roman oppression. There were different self-proclaimed Messiah’s that had come and gone. John the Baptist was now making quite a noise. People were beginning to pay attention and he had his own disciples that were following him and attending to him.
Andrew must have been one of those who was spending time with John the Baptist. John had witnessed Jesus coming and declared him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Andrew was now interested in Jesus and he then went to find his brother Peter and introduced him to Jesus. Jesus was leaving for Galilee and he asked them to follow.
I have concluded a couple of things from this. John did his baptizing in the Jordan River probably more down towards Jerusalem in the region of Judea. When Jesus asked them to follow one of two things happened. When they decided to go with him they moved their fishing operation from the river up to the Sea of Galilee. They all decided that they wanted to keep an eye on Jesus and be around him but at this point they weren’t giving up their livelihood.