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Peter's Surrender

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Peter's Surrender

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Peter’s Surrender -

There is a point in our Christian life where we made a decision to step it up.
Go to the next level
This text is where Peter was called into full time Christian service.
Not all have that calling, but all can relate to a moment of decision to set it up and follow Christ.
Jesus said “follow me”
Leave you friends and follow me
Leave you profession and follow me
Leave your money and tithe
Its a commitment its when your Christianity get real.
in Jesus sent out 70 two by two
What an opportunity to follow Jesus - and serve him.
The ministry of John the Baptist was coming to a close.

John the Baptist’s ministry lasted somewhere between four and eighteen months, during which time he accomplished the mission to which God had called him. He caught the attention of the nation, awakened its conscience, and baptized and introduced the Messiah. John also stirred up the wrath of Herodias and Herod by denouncing their illegal marriage

The head hunters were out.Jesus had been rejected in Nazareth and it was time to go back to Capernaum to where he had met Peter and Andrew.

I Time to Move On

It was time for Christ to start His Galilean Ministry.

When Jesus arrived in Galilee, He made a second move. He left His boyhood home in Nazareth and moved to Capernaum on the sea of Galilee. We can visualize Him handing over the family business to His brothers, kissing His mother goodbye, hugging His sisters, saying His farewells at the local synagogue to neighbors, friends, and customers. We can see Him taking one last look at the valley that had been home to Him for so long.

Much had happened since He had gone south to be baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The apostle John filled in the details in his Gospel. John told of the Lord’s preliminary activities in Galilee: the calling of the disciples, the first miracle in Cana, and the first visit to Capernaum (John 1:35–2:12). John went on to tell of the Lord’s early Judean ministry, His first Passover after His anointing, the cleansing of the temple, the talk with Nicodemus, the Lord’s baptism of His disciples, and the loyalty of John the Baptist (John 2:13–3:36). And the apostle told of the Lord leaving Judea for Galilee, His short stop in Samaria, and His encounter with the woman at the well (John 4:1–42).

Much had happened since He had gone south to be baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The apostle John filled in the details in his Gospel. John told of the Lord’s preliminary activities in Galilee: the calling of the disciples, the first miracle in Cana, and the first visit to Capernaum (John 1:35–2:12). John went on to tell of the Lord’s early Judean ministry, His first Passover after His anointing, the cleansing of the temple, the talk with Nicodemus, the Lord’s baptism of His disciples, and the loyalty of John the Baptist (John 2:13–3:36). And the apostle told of the Lord leaving Judea for Galilee, His short stop in Samaria, and His encounter with the woman at the well (John 4:1–42).

All these events had caused people to talk. They must have been surprised when he told them He was moving to Capernaum.
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Galilee was cut off from mainstream Jewish religious Jerusalem.
It was a mixed population - the more racially pure populations of Judea looked down with scorn on Galilee and ridiculed their accent.

By leaving Judea and settling in Galilee, Jesus made a significant gesture. It was an indication of His worldwide purpose, always present in His thinking even when He was ministering to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

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He left His boyhood home in Nazareth.
I can visualize handing over the family business saying goodbye and moving down toward the lake ....
Capernaum was much more important than Nazareth as a base for reaching Galilee. Situated on the shore of the sea of Galilee, Capernaum was about twenty-five miles from Nazareth and ten miles from Tiberias, an important city not mentioned in the New Testament. The Romans had a famous spa at Tiberias; its hot baths attracted many sick people
vs 16

The move to Capernaum was Scriptural—“that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet.” Matthew appealed to Isaiah 9:1–2, where the prophet had pinpointed the place where the Messiah would live.

vs 17
Believer’s Bible Commentary D. Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry (4:12–17)

From then on Jesus took up the message which John had preached: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It was a further call for moral renewal in preparation for His kingdom. The kingdom was near in the sense that the King was present

II Time to Move Out

This is the second time Jesus called Peter and Andrew.
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vs 18-19
Their responsibility was to follow Christ.
His responsibility was to make fishers of men.
We can picture the Lord Jesus walking along the shore of Galilee. The scene that met His gaze was at once peaceful and busy. The sun made the pear-shaped lake sparkle like a sapphire amid the surrounding hills, which rose from six hundred to a thousand feet
What Christ offered 4:19-20

He challenged, using their occupation as an illustration of the kind of work in which henceforth they were to be engaged.

4:20

The two men needed no further persuasion. They had already seen enough of Jesus to be convinced that He was indeed the Messiah. It was the chance of a lifetime to be called to be charter members of the impending kingdom. At that time they had no idea that the Lord was headed not toward a throne, but toward a tomb; they did not know that what lay ahead of Him was a cross, not a crown

4:21-22
12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Notice the dad raised no objection to his two sons leaving the family business to follow the carpenter from Nazareth
They wasted no time ....
What will it take for you to drop what you are familiar with and follow the Lord
Lets remember what peter would say later on
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Matthew 19:27 KJV 1900
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Luke 19:29 KJV 1900
And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
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