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There is a thick air of excitement that fills this story of four fishermen dropping their nets and leaving their boats and their jobs, in response to Jesus inviting them to follow him. Jesus does not tell them to repent or to believe. Jesus never asks if they love him (except Peter); or if they will worship him; or if they will lay down their lives for him. Jesus simply tells them to follow him – and they do.
The prophet Samuel, and the Apostles Peter and Nathaniel had all been preparing since childhood for their calling to serve God. Hannah had been unable to have children, and vowed to give her firstborn child to God, if God would allow her a child.
Before Jesus arrived, John had used this baptism as a sign of people’s repentance; to make themselves ready for a new stage in their relationship with God. But Jesus changed the very meaning of baptism. There were three important epiphanies, three things that become known through Jesus’ baptism, that I would like to talk with you about this morning.
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