- At the beginning of the chapter, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the desert so that He would be tempted by the devil.
- Jesus was without food for forty days and forty nights, after which Satan comes to Him to prove His divinity by providing bread for Himself from the rocks. Jesus replies that man doesn’t live merely on food by but God’s Word as well.
- The devil then takes Jesus to the highest point of the temple in Jerusalem and tells Him to prove His divinity by jumping off and having the angels rescue Him. Jesus replies that the Lord commanded that He should not be tested.
- A third time, the devil takes Jesus to a tall mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world, claiming that Jesus can have ownership and rule over all of them if He will bow before the devil and worship him. Jesus rebukes Satan, and tells him to leave as the Lord has commanded that people worship and serve Him alone.
- The devil leaves Jesus as commanded and angels come to minister to Jesus.
- Jesus hears that John the Baptist has been put in prison, and returns to His home region of Galilee. Instead of staying in His hometown of Nazareth, He stays in Capernaum, which was in the old tribal allotments of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that a prophecy would be fulfilled that a light would shine in the darkness of Zebulun and Naphtali. It was here that Jesus started to preach repentance for the Kingdom of heaven is near.
- One day, as Jesus is walking by the Sea of Galilee, He sees Peter and Andrew, brothers, fishing. He tells them “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They left their nets and immediately started to follow him.
- Jesus then comes across two more fisherman brothers, James and John, who were preparing their nets to go fishing with their Father, Zebedee. Jesus calls these brothers as well and they leave their boat and their father to go follow Jesus.
- Jesus then travels throughout the region of Galilee, teaching, preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God, and healing every disease and sickness amongst the people.
- Word about Jesus spread outside of Israel and all kinds of people brought their sick, those in pain, demon-possessed, those with seizures, and paralyzed people and Jesus healed them all. As He did these things, people start to follow Him.
There are a lot of people in this chapter that follow Jesus. Some drop everything they have to follow Jesus, some follow Him because they were healed, and I can guess that some follow for the spectacle. I’m reminded that every day I (we) have the choice to follow Jesus. There might have been some days when Jesus spent more time in relationship with people rather than performing a miraculous healing, and some of the people were bummed out because Jesus didn’t “do anything” that day. There are days when I don’t feel like Jesus “did anything”, but He is working relationally in some parts of me that need changing. He told Peter and Andrew, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”. Am I following Jesus? Am I following close enough, or from a distance? Am I allowing him to change me, to make me a fisher of men? I realize that in order for these things to happen, I need to not only be close to Jesus, but have an open heart to see what He is doing in me.
Jesus, if I am not following close enough would you yell for me to come catch up? I’m sorry when I get distracted from things along the path, I do love You and I do desire to follow You. Thank you for the grace that allows me to follow. Thank you for your patience when I’m not the best at following me. Lord, I open my heart to you, would you continue to change me and continue to make me a fisher of men. Thank you Jesus, Amen.
Posted on Mon, August 24, 2015
by Brian Landers