Jesus’ call was effective. ‘Follow Me,’ He said; and they did.

Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

ESV Text: Mark 1:14-20

Mark 1:14-20 (Listen)

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1 14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. 19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 270:
Jesus Calls Us

— Organ Audio

1. Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult 
Of our life’s wild, restless sea, 
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth, 
Saying, “Christian, follow Me.” 

2. As of old Saint Andrew heard it 
By the Galilean lake, 
Turned from home and toil and kindred. 
Leaving all for His dear sake. 

3. Jesus calls us from the worship 
Of the vain world’s golden stole. 
From each idol that would keep us, 
Saying, “Christian, love Me more.” 

4. In our joys and in our sorrows, 
Days of toll and hours of ease, 
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures, 
“Christian, love Me more than these.” 

5. Jesus calls us; by Thy mercies, 
Savior, make us hear Thy call, 
Give our hearts to Thine obedience, 
Serve and love Thee best of all. Amen. 


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