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Fishing for human beings
Bible Passage Mark 1: 16- 34
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books 1 Corinthians, Mark.

Fishing for human beings

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 15, 2024

16 While Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the sea because they were fishermen.

17 Jesus told them, “Follow me, and I’ll make you fishers of people!”

18 So immediately they left their nets and followed him.

19 Going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat repairing their nets.

20 He immediately called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

21 Then they went to Capernaum. As soon as it was the Sabbaths, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.

22 The people were utterly amazed at his teaching, because he was teaching them like one with authority, and not like their scribes.

23 All of a sudden, there was a man in their synagogue who had an unclean spirit! He screamed,

24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 But Jesus rebuked him. “Be quiet,” he ordered, “and come out of him!”

26 At this, the unclean spirit shook the man, cried out with a loud voice, and came out of him.

27 All the people were so stunned that they kept saying to each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He tells even the unclean spirits what to do, and they obey him!”

28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

29 After they left the synagogue, they went directly to the house of Simon and Andrew, along with James and John.

30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever, so they promptly told Jesus about her.

31 He went up to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began serving them.

32 When evening came, after the sun had set, people started bringing to him everyone who was sick or possessed by demons.

33 In fact, the whole city gathered at the door.

34 He healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. However, he wouldn’t allow the demons to speak because they knew who he was.

These first four disciples Jesus called were fishermen who worked on the lake called Galilee. They were Peter, Andrews, James and John. They had their boats and caught fish on the lake. It was a family business. In other words, their families had done this work for a long time.

Then Jesus told the men that God had other work for them. They must leave their work, their boats, and their families. Jesus would teach the men. These men became His disciples, that is, His special students.

Just after that, Mark takes the story to Capernaum and into the synagogue where people meet and pray.

The Jews did not work on Sabbath. They rested and met to pray and read the Bible. A teacher taught them about the Bible in those meetings.

On this particular Sabbath, Jesus taught the people and spoke with authority.

The people were listening to Jesus quietly. But then a man came into the building and he screamed! This man had a bad spirit. That spirit had authority over the man. The man could not do the things that he wanted to do.

The spirit knew who Jesus was. But Jesus would not let the spirit speak. He told the spirit that it must leave the man and the spirit left the man.

The people could see that the man was well again. They were shocked. Clearly, Jesus had authority that they did not understand.

Mark does not use the name ‘Peter’ until he gives the list of the 12 apostles (Mark 3:16). Jesus gave Simon the name ‘Peter’ when they met in Judea (John 1:42). Peter was married. After the resurrection of Jesus, he and his wife travelled together in God’s service (1 Corinthians 9:5).

Peter’s mother-in-law was sick and they told Jesus about her illness. Perhaps they were explaining why a meal was not ready. They may have hoped that Jesus would help her. Christians can always tell Jesus about the needs of other people. Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law completely. She was able to get up at once and she prepared a meal for them.

People could not carry their sick relatives on the Sabbath. The scribes said that to carry something was ‘work’. The Sabbath ended at sunset. Then they brought their sick friends and relatives to Jesus. There was a large crowd.

Jesus would not allow the evil spirits to speak. They knew that he was the Messiah. Jesus wanted people to discover for themselves who He was. They would follow Him for the wrong reason if they considered Him a political leader. Jesus was the Messiah who would suffer to free them from sin. He wanted to show people that.

Jesus made many people well. This was part of Jesus’ special work for God. He did this often, in many places.

God had sent Jesus to help the people. So the people knew that God loved them. And they knew that they must believe in God.

🔷 Once we know Christ, we should follow Him without retreat and He takes care of our needs

🔷 The Sabbath is a period to reflect on God’s goodness and do good to all people. It is not a period of stringent laws

🔷 We should intercede for helpless people so God can intervene in their situations

🔷 God’s power has authority over all sicknesses and evil spirits

💥 Ask that you will faithfully follow Christ
💥 Pray for healing

Christ is the ultimate one that brings freedom and restoration once we faithfully follow Him or invite Him into our homes. He comes to all, even the socially low and the marginalized.

In series Bright Morning Reflections