The Light Week 3 - Leaving Our Nets
Season of Epiphany - Series: The Light
The Light of the World has come; what do we do now?
This series will help us learn more about walking in the Light and being lights in the world.
Today is the Third Sunday of Epiphany
We will read one of the accounts of Jesus’ calling his disciples and examine how remarkable it was that Jesus called them, and they answered the call.
Before we dig into our passage today, let me give you a little backstory on fishing, family business, and the disciples.
First, there was a severe economic problem afoot in the Galilee region. Theologian Dominic Crossan points out that if you ever wonder why Jesus chose to minister in a small 3.5 square mile triangle of ancient Israel, it's because of fishing.
The Roman Empire was doing everything it could to commercialize fishing and to put all of the fishing concerns under the control of the government.
One of the ways that they were doing this was by raising taxes on fishing to an exorbitant level. Matthew
This is an economically stressed area of Israel, and Jesus chose it to be the base of his operations. he also chose some of the oppressed and stressed fishermen to be his followers.
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Jesus arrives on the scene preaching John's sermons, but with a twist. John preached about the coming kingdom of God, and Jesus preached that it had arrived.
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
"At once" or "Without delay." How do you leave your livelihood, especially when there's so much at stake? This is precisely what made them leave. They had run out of hope.