Jesus’ Life: Chapter 3 – Jesus’ Early Public Ministry
It was the day after John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan. As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed by and John indicated to them, “Look, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples immediately left John and followed Jesus.
Andrew was one of the two and he later told his brother, Simon, what happened. He said, “We have found the Messiah (Christ)!”
When Andrew brought Simon to Jesus, He looked at him and, accepting him as one of his followers, said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas (Peter)”.
The next day, as Jesus was planning to set off for Galilee He met Philip. He said to him, “Follow me”. Philip accepted.
Andrew, Simon and Philip were three of Jesus’ early followers; many more would soon join.
What drew Andrew, Simon and Philip to follow Jesus?
Later, Jesus told them, “Whoever finds his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life, for my sake, will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
Lord Jesus, nourish us with your ‘fire of faith’ as we tread the path of this life. Look kindly on us in our times of difficulty and confusion.
Prayer: Vocations (Diocese of Nottingham)
Come Holy Spirit.
Give me the understanding to hear your voice,
Give me the awe and wonder to see God in others,
Give me the judgement to accept your call,
Give me the knowledge of when to act,
Give me the courage to tell others of my calling,
Give me the reverence to invite you into my life,
Give me the wisdom to follow where you lead
And give me Your presence to inspire, now and forever. Amen.