Mark is the shortest Gospel narrative and this is where I started reading the other day as I made some coffee. I found a printed bible and a pen. Where to start reading? Jesus is everything for me, so I begin with Mark 1 which moves quickly through the story. As I read a verse that is well known – a word stuck out to me. It’s in Mark 1:17.
And Jesus said to them, “Come after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”
Before this, John was arrested and placed into prison. Then Jesus went to Galilee proclaiming the good news/gospel of God. When he was near the Sea of Galilee he spoke to two fisherman saying to them – Mark 1:17.
‘Come after Me’ is Jesus calling on them to follow him, to be a disciple. Then I will make you to become fishers of men. What is significant about the word ‘to become’? In Matthew’s Gospel this word is not there.
In Greek, the word is γένεσθαι genesthai, a verb meaning to become or be made anything, be changed or converted – Mounce
So, Jesus was calling on them to be his disciples and follow him around. And as a result they would become disciple makers.
We often take over our lives and see things in terms of what we are doing under our own power and will. This verse teaches us that the change from regular fisherman to fishers of men is Christ’s work.
This verb is also used in 2 Cor 5:17 , “Whoever is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation, the old is gone. Look, the new has come (γεγονεν gegonen).” It means here the new creation has come into existence and continues to be new. – preceptaustin
The next verse says that all this came from being reconciled to God through Christ. And that those in Christ are given a ministry, the ministry of reconciliation.
These two passages agree, Gods work in Christ has a twofold purpose.
- Reconcile relationship with God.
- Giving us the ministry of reconciliation.
So, I plead with you on Christ’s behalf be reconciled to God – 2 Cor 5:20