A couple of weeks ago about 13 of us went fishing on the Colorado River at the Bend. What an experience! There were all kinds of fishermen (and women) there that day. There were many types of bait, rods, reels, and different kinds of fish that were caught. Some caught several fish, some caught none. Everyone had an enjoyable time.
Jesus walked the face of this earth 2,000 years ago. He did many wonderful and powerful things. He had people who flocked to Him, others who rejected Him and some were there just to get something from Him (healing, food, etc.). He had different men who were His Apostles that spent three and one half years with Him. Most of these men were changed, but Judas Iscariot was not. What an advantage Judas had but did not take it. He continued to live a life that was greedy and selfish, and eventually betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. How sad. And yet, there are many today who do not know Jesus. This may be because of ignorance, rebellion or a lack of faith.
Jesus came to “seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10) His apostles were to become “fishers of men” (Luke 5:10). This term means they would “catch men alive”. Today, we are still in the fishing business. No, not the kind we did at the Bend, but the kind where men who are lost and do not have the Gospel are taught, baptized and then taught some more. Jesus called this making disciples in Matthew 28:19.20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . And I will be with you until the end of the ages.”
Each Christian is to be a fisher of men. We are to uphold this command of our Lord and do what we can to bring others into His kingdom (church).
As we reflect on our Lord and Savior at this time of the year we need to make sure we are living our lives in a manner that pleases Him. That’s the only way we will have true peace that comes from God.