- This was the signal Jesus had been waiting for; as soon as John was imprisoned, Jesus knew it was his turn.
- Jesus sent a clear signal that you can imprison God’s servants but you cannot stop God’s message.
- Jesus preaches the same message as John. The only difference is that John preached about the Messiah, while Jesus is the Messiah.
- “Converted” is the first word of the Gospel, the good news.
- John the Baptist preached repentance (Mk 1:4).
- Jesus preached repentance (Mk 1:15).
- The disciples preached repentance (Acts 2:38).
- To repent means to stop putting oneself at the centre and to put God at the centre.
- Just as one cannot travel to a place without first leaving that place, so one cannot enter the kingdom of God without first repenting.
- If you choose to enter the kingdom of God, you have automatically repented.
- Anyone who turns away from a life without God and chooses instead to believe in the good news of Jesus may enter the kingdom of God.
- It was not uncommon for a rabbi to have disciples in Jesus’ time. The difference here is that it is Jesus who chooses his disciples instead of the other way around which was the normal procedure.
- The disciples were fishermen, not scribes.
- Jesus could have chosen religious specialists from Jerusalem, but instead he chooses young workers from Galilee.
- The disciples left their father and their jobs, giving a clear signal of what one might have to be prepared to give up in order to follow Jesus.
- Not all disciples followed Jesus in this way, but those who would become Jesus’ 12 apostles did.