Immediately after Jesus said, "Follow me," to Simon and Andrew, they left their nets and followed him. We often talk about the great faith that Simon and Andrew had to drop everything and follow Jesus. It is true that it took great faith for them to do that, and we hope that the Holy Spirit works through the Word and Sacraments to bring us to faithful discipleship as well. It also demonstrates to us what kind of man Jesus was. Immediately before this event in Mark, the writer tells us about the Baptism of Jesus, His temptation in the desert, and Jesus proclaiming that his ministry is beginning. This is the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah who had been promised for generations. He would begin to heal the sick, perform miracles, tell parables, and preach throughout the towns. He is God, yet he humbled himself and came down to earth as a little baby. He came to defeat death and sin, yet he would do it as he was humiliated on a cross. Thank God for the faith demonstrated by Simon and Peter, and may we also be given that same faith. More importantly though, thank God for the love shown to us by sending Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.
Image: Two Saints Fishing, Niall McAuley, uploaded via flickr July 5, 2007, Creative Commons License