Jesus has been baptised, tempted and is now ready for His ministry. The very first disciples who were called by Jesus were the fishermen Simon & his brother Andrew, James & John who were the sons of Zebedee, these were called as they were fishing. The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee, He found Philip and told him “Follow me,” Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, and He went on and found Nathanael and told him about Jesus, and when Nathanael heard that Jesus came from Nazareth, he said, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there? and Philip told him, “come and see” read John 1:43-49. The next disciple to be called was the tax collector Levi, as Jesus passed near him, He saw him sitting at the tax collectors booth and said to him, ‘Follow me,” and Levi followed him. The Bible doesn’t give an account of how the rest of the disciples were called, but as we are told in Mark 3:16-19 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom heave the name Peter); James son Zebedee and his brother John (to them He gave the name Beaneries, which means Sons of thunder); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
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The one thing that we learn from Jesus, right from the time He starts His ministry is “Team Work.” Jesus is the Son of God and He could have done it all by Himself if He wanted to, but He selects His team, people who will walk with Him, people who believed in Him no matter what and people who stood by Him to the very end. When Jesus was picking His disciples, He knew that Judas would betray Him, but He still choose him to fulfil the Word of God. This just goes to show us, how even in our daily lives, we will also get betrayed by people who are close to us and just like Judas betrayed Jesus for money, so it is with us. Wives betraying their husbands and wanting them killed so that they can inherit their property and vice versa. Others will deny ever knowing us if it meant getting themselves out of trouble, they will look you straight into your eyes and say “I don’t know you.” Jesus truly lived a life just like us, when you start analysing how everything went down, then we see, that all He ever did was teaching us and showing us examples of LIFE.
The calling of the disciples shows us one particular thing and that is Team Work. It doesn’t have to be 12 people like Jesus, but we all need a team to work with, and when we come together as a team we accomplish much, than if we were just by ourselves. In the book of Nehemiah we also learn an important aspect about team work, read Nehemiah chapter 3, here we see as they were rebuilding the wall, each person made a certain portion of the wall where he was and when they worked together as a team, they accomplished building the wall and Jerusalem was back to its feet again.
We learn a lot from the story of Jesus, when he called the fishermen, He asked Simon to draw His nests. He knew they hadn’t caught anything the whole night, but at the word of Jesus, He let down the nets, they caught so much fish that they had to call other fishermen’s boats to come and help them. Team work, and obeying the voice of the Lord! Today wherever you might be all over the world, remember that Jesus is the Son of God and He came into our world many years back to show us how we are to live our lives and to die for us that we may have everlasting lives. IF you hear His voice, do not harden your heart, receive Him as Lord and Saviour.