Mark 1:17-18 (NIV) reads, “’Come follow me,‘ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.” Have you ever wondered why the fishermen, Simon and Andrew, just left everything to follow Jesus with out ever asking a question? I have. Why would I follow someone I didn’t know? Well, it turns out that Simon and Andrew knew who he was. In John 1:35-41, Andrew heard what John the Baptist had said and he saw Jesus and followed him and spent a day with him. Afterward, the first thing he did told his brother Simon, later called Peter, that he had found the Messiah. So, when Jesus came by where they were working and told them to follow him, they did not hesitate since they knew that the Messiah was their authority.
This sort of thing happens even today. Someone hears about Jesus, then asks about Jesus and eventually ends up following Him. What a phenomenon. His truth, which is our authority, is so compelling that it ‘forces’ people to follow him.
I, too, heard about Jesus. One day, I asked my friend to tell me more about this Jesus. Jesus was very interesting to me. He was not only the Savior of the world, but He was my Savior, too. He was the ultimate authority on life. All I had to do was believe and follow him. Well, I followed Him, too. Since He is the authority, I had no other choice, but to follow Him.
Mark 1:27 (NIV) says, “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching – and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.’” As his disciples followed him, Jesus began to teach. The people were so amazed at his teaching because he taught with authority. Jesus was exciting to listen to. His teachings were so fresh and new, a pleasant sound for sore ears. They were sick of the teachings of the teachers of the law. Their teachings had become powerless.
Have you ever been put to sleep by a speaker? I’ve nearly fallen asleep during lectures in college, especially when the class was not in my major or unimportant to me. The subject matter was not relevant, pertinent to my life, important, or compelling. It was powerless to keep my attention and, ultimately, to keep me awake. It was like listening to the teachers of the Law.
Have you ever fallen asleep while someone spoke about Jesus, his teachings or his miracles? I never have. To me it’s like falling asleep during a Billy Graham crusade or some other dynamic evangelist’s sermon. Jesus still demonstrates his authority today, through speakers like Billy Graham, other dynamic evangelists, or even through your good friends, who know Jesus personally.
As revealed above, over 2,000 years ago and today, Jesus demonstrates His authority. Not only does he compel people to follow Him, he also compels them and others to listen to Him. He displays such authority, that people can’t help wanting to follow and listen to Him.