|Calling the Fishermen|
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Meet with Jesus by Bill Hunt
You want to walk and talk with Jesus? Ask him.
(Art by James Tissot, French, 1886-1994)
Sitting on the banks of the Jordan River one day, I watched the rustic looking John baptize people in the water, dunking them one by one. He baptized me, praying. I cried for my sins.
Several men and women around, sitting and standing, curiously enjoyed the sight. In the bright sun I saw this imposing man approach along the shore.
Later, I learned his name, Jesus.
John and he looked at each other. Jesus lay aside his main tunic and entered the water. This tremendous spiritual presence filled the air as John baptized him. It was remarkable. A beautiful, commanding voice from the Heavens sounded all around.
“You are my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
We watched astounded as Jesus put on his garment and walked away. No one moved, as if frozen. I felt my whole being filled with God. Soon after, I heard John was arrested and put in prison by that tyrant, King Herod. I didn't hear anything about Jesus, either, for several weeks.
I found him again in the regions of Galilee. I felt strongly compelled to join other men watching Jesus. The heavenly voice I heard still burned alive in my heart.
“The time is now,” preached Jesus. “Repent of your sins and believe the good news of God's Kingdom.”
I watched him when he approached the two fishermen brothers, Simon and Andrew, at the lake.
“I will make you fishers of men.”
They looked at him, folded their nets, and placed them in the boat. They followed him. A little group of us walked along the shore and watched him. We didn't want to leave.
He also called the brothers, James and John. They stepped out of their father's boat, left the crew, and walked in the slapping waves to the shore to join Jesus. It was a beautiful moment. The rest of us all smiled at the new “fishermen of men,” wondering what might be in store for them (Mark, Chapter 1).
As a young man, I walked alone down the long curvy drive under the trees in the dark. Overhead, a billion stars twinkled in the night. Suddenly, I felt a presence now walking with me.
“Is that you?” I asked.
“I didn't know you watched me.”
“Yes,” he said.
“I want to talk with you”
“I've long hoped to talk with you,” I said.
“I'll always be with you,” he said.
– Bill Hunt
"He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him" (John 14:21 NKJV).
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