Texts: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23
I wonder what Zebedee was thinking as he sat alone among the fishing nets watching James and John walk away to follow Jesus? I also wonder how the conversation might have gone that evening when he went home for the night. Did he say something like, “The boys are not coming home for dinner tonight. They left to follow some rabbi they met on the beach. Not only that, but they left me to finish mending those nets all by myself! Kids these days…..
Of course, this is pure speculation. Matthew does not tell us if Jesus had a relationship with James, John, and Zebedee before this encounter on the lakeshore. We just know that Jesus called, and they followed.
Imagine what might have happened if Jesus had chosen his disciples using 21st century standards and methods. He may have subjected his followers to all kinds of achievement tests, psychological evaluations, and background checks. Perhaps he would have even hired a consulting firm to help him out. In his book "Eating Problems for Breakfast", Tim Hansel imagined what a report from this consulting firm may have sounded like: