Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

January 18, 2018

Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Mark 1:14-20:

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”                          (Mark 1:14–20, NIV)


Why would a person respond to Jesus?  Is there some reason that stands apart from any other?  The group Jesus initially attracted came from the seashore… fishermen, ordinary in every respect.  It’s amazing how easily the disciples dropped their nets to follow Him.  Why did they do this?  Didn’t they care about those they left behind?  What about how they would live, what they would eat from day to day?  The persuasive power of Jesus must have been something to witness.  But, I wonder if it’s not just a phenomenon from ancient days.

Would it be like the reason which causes a modern-day seeker to follow Christ, where one might perceive some questions to ask about God; to be inspired to find greater insight and understanding?  In any case, it speaks to a lasting impact Jesus has had in addressing a persistent hunger we all experience.  Whatever we ultimately see in him, there seems to be a graceful action that snags the heart.


Rev. Richard Wagner