The Upside Down 03: Fish Tricks
Being a SINNER doesn’t disqualify you from FOLLOWING Jesus.
It's a PREREQUISITE
Being an UNBELIEVER doesn’t disqualify you from FOLLOWING Jesus.
All his followers UN-believed in the end.
Jesus' First Century Followers
small business owners
men and women
blue collar and white collar
EDUCATED and not so educated
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness,
and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
Story of the First Followers
20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
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2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
-1 Peter 2:23-24-