When Jesus began his ministry, one of the first things he did was call his disciples. But why did he do this? What was the purpose of calling these men to follow him?
Jesus’ Mission on Earth
Before we can answer this question, we need to understand what Jesus’ mission on earth was. According to the Bible, Jesus came to save humanity from sin and reconcile us to God. He came to teach us about God’s love and show us how to live a life that honors God.
Calling the First Disciples
With this mission in mind, let’s take a look at why Jesus called his first disciples. In Matthew 4:18-22, we read that Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when he saw two brothers, Simon (who would later be called Peter) and Andrew, fishing. He called out to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Immediately, they left their nets and followed him. Further down the shore, Jesus saw two more brothers, James and John (the sons of Zebedee), who were also fishermen. He called out to them as well and they too left their nets and followed him.
The Purpose of Calling Disciples
So why did Jesus call these men to follow him? There are a few reasons:
To Teach Them
Firstly, Jesus wanted to teach his disciples about God’s love and his mission on earth. He spent time with them teaching them through parables and explaining the meaning behind his actions.
To Equip Them
Secondly, Jesus wanted to equip his disciples for the work that lay ahead. He knew that after he ascended into heaven, they would be responsible for carrying on his message and sharing it with others.
To Demonstrate His Authority
Finally, by calling these men to follow him, Jesus was demonstrating his authority as the Son of God. He had the power to call these men and they were willing to leave everything behind to follow him.
In conclusion, Jesus called his first disciples for several reasons. He wanted to teach them about God’s love and his mission on earth, equip them for the work that lay ahead, and demonstrate his authority as the Son of God. Through their time with Jesus, these men would go on to become leaders in the early Christian church and help spread the message of salvation throughout the world.