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Mark 1.16-20, 5.18-19 – The call to discipleship
Posted: 9 January 2013 in Mark

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

If a complete stranger came up to any of us, and said, “Follow me,” it is easy to imagine that our response might be something along the lines of, “What?!!” However, the difference is that the calling of the first disciples was part of God’s eternal plan, and so they would have had it put into their hearts to respond to Jesus in the way that they did. Rationalism can only take us so far; especially if it excludes from consideration any possibility of divine causation. Because, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.” (Psalm 24.1)

Jesus chose the disciples; they did not choose him.

In the second passage quoted above, the healed demoniac tries to attach himself to Jesus’s inner most circle of disciples, but is turned away because he did not have that calling. The will of God, and the plan he has for his Creation, overrides all else – even the otherwise laudable desire to be an intimate companion of the earthly Jesus.

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