Jesus Begins to Pick His Staff

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One day as John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing, Jesus appeared on the banks of the Jordan River and requested to be baptized. His baptism was not a testimony that He had been cleansed from sin (for He was sinless). He was merely identifying with sinners like you and me and acting out His death, His burial and His resurrection. God indicated His approval with a voice from heaven and the descending of a dove which was the first clear revelation of the Trinity.

Immediately Satan puts Jesus through a forty day wilderness testing where beasts were his companions and angels his helpers. After the imprisonment of John (perhaps a year later) Jesus begins His preaching ministry. He picks out four fishermen who are invited to become a part of His staff as fishers of men (disciples). Notice how quickly they responded to a crusade that would revolutionize the world, without counting the cost. Let us take a look at how He picked His staff:

  1. We must notice what they were. - They were simple folk. They did not come from the schools and the colleges; they were neither learned nor wealthy. They were fishermen. That is to say, they were ordinary people.
  2. We must notice what they were doing. when Jesus called them. They were doing their day’s work, catching the fish and mending the nets. They had a mind to work and work hard.
  3. We must notice how he called them. Jesus’s summons was, “Follow me!"  It all began with a personal reaction to himself; and a tug on the heart which brought unshakable loyalty. 
  4. We must note what Jesus offered them. He offered them a task. He called them not to ease but to service.  He called them to a task wherein they could win something for themselves only by giving their all to Him and to others.


Over the years I have had the opportunity to help pick many staff members for our organization and continue in that role. I need to follow Jesus example of picking ordinary people, who are hard working, loyal and giving their all to Him and others.

Mark 1:9-20 (English Standard Version)

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

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