Saying, "Yes," to Heaven

Saying, “Yes,” to Heaven

Saying, “Yes” To Heaven
Matthew 4:12-23
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Out minding their own business
and the next thing they know
heaven has snuck up on them
and taken them hostage.
Oh sure, they could have said, “No,’
but there they were and there was Jesus
and what could they do,
say “No,” to God?
Well, it was Jesus, the guy from Galilee.
Galilee from whence no good thing comes.
And maybe they should have run,
because saying, “Yes,” turned out to be
torture and a death sentence—
they would end up losing everything.
Saying yes.
It seemed so easy.
Fishing wasn’t all that good anyway.
Jesus seemed, I don’t know, refreshing,
compared to mending nets and casting lines
that came back empty.
Ambling around the countryside,
shmoozing people, following Jesus,
proclaiming the kingdom, singing good songs, and
living off the land seemed like a job to die for—
and it turned out to be just that.
What does it mean to you to proclaim the kingdom?
What does it mean to you to proclaim Christ is among us?
What does it mean to you to follow the way of Jesus?
What does it mean to you to say, Yes,” to God?
What do you mean when you say you are a Christian?
Do you believe that Heaven is now, and if so,
what has changed about you since before you believed that?

Matthew 4:12-23 — New Revised Standard Version

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.”

From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake–for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.


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