Call of the first disciples
14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Nature of discipleship (What is a disciple)
Story tells us thst a disciple must be prepared to follow Jesus with his/her whole heart, giving up everything to achieve this. This story also shows the kind of poele Jesus calls. Sinners, people who are not perfect, in need of forgiveness, alone and broken.
The disciple must go out and tell people about Jesus
Discipleship today: Same as the above.
The sending out of the 12
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil[b] spirits.
8These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."
12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
What this tells us about disciples
In this story we also learn that the d must depend on God for everything even for food and for money. We also realise that Jesus gives his followers a Job.
3. Drive out demons
4. Heal the sick.Today, most Christians find it almost impossible to meet these demands. Paying for houses and family Puts huge strain on people. However there are still millons of people who devote their lives in the same way as the 12. But we can love god in the every day. Being kind to our friends, helping our parents, all of these are important to discipleship too.
The Cost of discipleship/Jesus mother and brothers
Jesus' Mother and Brothers
31Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you."
33"Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked.
34Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
The true family of Jesus
Key point here is that Jesus makes it clear that only those who put the will of God before everything else can become his family. Doing what God wants e.g. loving. Forgiving, helping.
Your real family may disagree about your beliefs and so you may have to make a decision between your religious family/the church and doing as your family instruct. It may also cost you friends. But God will love us no matter what we chose and if we do make wrong choices he will always help us through
Who is Greatest?
33They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
36He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
We learn that the disciple has to put other people in front ( self-sacrafice) at the cost of their own welfare. Nuns, priests, charity workers. (getting up a two in the morning to take food to homeless people (costs you sleep)
. They must also give up on their own plans for their lives and put their trust in God for every need.
Christians today may struggle with Jesus demands for many reasons. Giving up their money and status is so hard. Society’s idea of greatness is so very different to Jesus’.
Money and power vs humility and service.
The rich young man
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone.You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'[d]" "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
The rich young man
The cost: Giving up one’s wealth
Problems with this for Christians today: Impractical... How would you eat..?? What if you are wealthy but are very loving, give money to charities. Can this person not get to heaven Also, the church (POPE IN ROME) Huge wealth. If this teaching is to be taken litteraly , the Pope and and his bishops can’t get to heave.
"A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a pit for the winepress, built a tower, rented it out to a farmer, and went into another country. When it was time, he sent a servant to the farmer to get from the farmer his share of the fruit of the vineyard. They took him, beat him, and sent him away empty. Again, he sent another servant to them; and they threw stones at him, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. Again he sent another; and they killed him; and many others, beating some, and killing some. Therefore still having one, his beloved son, he sent him last to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But those farmers said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' They took him, killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers, and will give the vineyard to others. Haven't you even read this Scripture:
'The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner. This was from the Lord,
it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
Jesus uses an allegory (story with a hidden meaning) to further explain the cost of following him. In the story....
Vine yard owner is God, The vine yard is the Jewish people, Tenants are the Jewish leaders, the Servants are the prophets sent by God to the people ,The Son is Jesus,The others = Gentiles (non Jews)
The Cost: May have to loses your life. Oscar Romero, Martin Luther king... both died because the preached about Gods love and the demands that this loves makes on sociities today. Many Christians believe that Jesus is refering to himself. It is also believe that htis story reveals God’s plan for humainty from the beginning of creation to the end of time.
A spirit Cast out by Jesus/The failure of Jesus di
And He asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" And one of the crowd answered Him, "Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it." And He answered them and said, "O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!" They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. "It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" (C)All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." When Jesus saw that (D)a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again." After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, "He is dead!" But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up. When He came (E)into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, "Why could we not drive it out?" And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."
The failure of the disciples
The disciples were not able to cast out the demon. Jesus says that the reason they were unable was because they had not prayed before they tried. Prayer is a vital part of the work of a disciple. Jesus was upset at their lack of trust and faith.... they let him down here.
1. Some Christians today say that the boy was really possessed by and evil spirit and that Jesus removed him from the boy.
2. Some Christians believe that the boy had epilepsy...and because no one understood that illness they believe is was a demon.
3. Some Christians do not believe it matters. The fact is the boy is set free from what ever he had that was making him ill. Today, many Christians believe there really is a devil, demonds and Evil. Some Priests in the Catholic Church still perform exorcisms today.
Jesus, the deciples and service
)James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You." And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant that we (B)may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able (C)to drink the cup that I drink, or (D)to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"They said to Him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink (E)you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; (F)but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."
JAmes and John thought they has a special place in Jesus' kingdom, they believed they were good enough to have them but.... Jesus had to correct them.
1. Jesus followers will not have special power like the Romans. Greatness is not about political power or wealth. IT IS ABOUT SERVING OTHERS. Again the disciples fail to understand this or else James and John would not have tried to get the high places first.
** IMPORTANT** Jesus last sentence talks about the servant needing to pay a randsome for many. You pay a randsome to people who have a person in prison. Jesus is talking about his death and how laying down his life will get people out of the prison of sin. The sin in our life keeps us from God and heaven.