“Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him.
It’s a play on words. But it’s more than that. The Teacher will, in fact, teach these fishermen how to fish! That’s the reason Jesus calls these first students.
They will enter His school. They will be trained. Then they will cast their nets once more. Not for fish in the Sea of Galilee, but for men in the sea of life.
But before they can call others to Jesus, they must first learn to become good students of the Teacher themselves.
So Peter, Andrew, James, John and the others leave everything behind when Jesus calls them. For nearly three years they are His constant companions.
Every day is a classroom experience with the Teacher. Every moment an opportunity for learning!
They listen to the Teacher. They learn by observing His every action and discerning His motives. Gradually, they will be changed to be more like their Teacher.
Then one day Jesus will announce they are ready. He will entrust His continuing mission on the earth to these students. He will send them out into the world with His message.
And they will be successful. We know, because the process continues today nearly 2,000 years later. People are still enrolling in the University of Jesus.
Every day more people are choosing to become students of Jesus. They too decide to follow Him and live life in His presence. They too are being changed into His likeness.
“The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"