Follow Me: Matthew 4

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In Matthew 4 Jesus faces down Satan in the wilderness and then starts calling men to follow him. His call to those men is amazing.

Jesus did not sit down and explain why.

Jesus did not set out a sound Scriptural basis from the Old Testament proving that he was the messiah.

Jesus did not prove himself with signs and wonders.

All he said was follow me and I will make you fishers of men. It wasn’t detailed. It wasn’t intellectual or reasoned. it wasn’t rational. Jesus just stood in front of those men and called them.

And those men followed him. They were illiterate fishermen. They had spent some time ion the synagogue no doubt and taken part in the feasts and festivals of Israel. they knew the stories of the Old Testament. But Jesus called to their hearts. Follow me!

And their hearts answered. Jesus was enough for them. In the coming years they would be tested. They would be challenged. they would be disappointed but they followed Jesus for who he was and nothing else. One day when Jesus asked them if they wanted to leave Peter said ‘where could we go?’ Jesus was all they wanted and without him they had no options.

This is very similar to the call of Abraham. God called him to leave everything he knew and go to an unknown place. All Abraham had was the voice of God and the call of God.

We want to justify things., Can we prove it? Do we have enough to go on? Jesus called believers, people who trusted him and followed him because they trusted him. The man mattered more than the message.

the call of God has not changed. Do we want Jesus or must he be hedged round with rules and regulations? I believe in Jesus and…the gifts of the Spirit, sound doctrine, etc.

We follow Jesus Christ as believers and his call, first and last is to follow the man. If we do so there will be times when his path does not make sense, when he challenges our understanding and when we have to lay down things that are very precious to us. Jesus does not permit competitors. His call is to follow him and him him alone.

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