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The Pisces Jesus
Andrew and Peter Find Jesus107
In Genesis 1: 14 and Psalm 19:1–6 we are told that God put the stars in the heavens as signs of the times and seasons. The stars make signs in the night sky to tell us God's plan for us. Astrologers have twisted these signs to mean something other than what God intended. From the time of Jesus' crucifixion until today, we have been under the sign of Pisces, the fishes. This is the age that Jesus told His disciples to be fishers of men (Luke 24: 46-49 and Acts 1: 6-8). We are now in the Age of Aquarius, which is when Jesus said that anyone that believes in Him will have spiritual rivers of living water flowing out of our bellies.
Before Jesus could start ministering to others, it was important that He first be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, and then He must resist Satan's temptations that were sure to come. This is the same pattern now with all Christians before we can begin to minister to others. If we are to walk with Jesus, it is important that we follow in the same steps of Jesus. Jesus was now ready to begin His ministry. His next step was to gather disciples who would follow Him and continue His ministry after He left.
The next day after Jesus overcame Satan, John the Baptist was standing with two of John's disciples. When John saw Jesus walking, he exclaimed to his disciples, "Look! There goes the Lamb of God!"
When they heard it, two of them followed Jesus. Jesus turned around and saw them following Him, so he questioned them, "What do you want?" They answered, "Rabbi [Teacher], tell us where you live."
"Come on, and you will see." So they followed to where He stayed; and they stayed with Him that day until about the tenth hour.108
One of the two who followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon. Andrew went to his brother Simon first and told him, "We have found the Messiah!"109
Andrew brought Simon to Jesus and Jesus looked at Him and said, "You are Simon, the son of Jonah [a Hebrew name for Dove, the Holy Spirit] and you are called Kepa (or Keepa) [the Rock which in English is Peter].
The name Simon is from the Aramaic Shimon, meaning hearing, or keen perception. It is a sacred name that mothers often gave their son after praying for a son. Peter was his nickname, stone, because he did not grasp things easily.
Peter became one of Jesus' closest and most loyal followers. After Jesus' ascension, Peter was the first to preach Christianity publicly in Jerusalem. That was a brave endeavor, as it was there that Jesus was put to death. Peter then took Christianity to Samaria, which is now the northern part of the West Bank.110
108. This may have been about four o'clock in the afternoon, as a day began at sunrise.
109. Aramaic: Meshika, Messiah, The Anointed One.
110. Lamsa, ibid. Aramaic:"The Stone." Greek is Petros, a rock.
Fishers of Men
Jesus now made Philip and Nathaniel, Peter and Andrew, James and John disciples. It was the next day when Jesus was planning to go to Galilee, that He found Philip and simply said, "Follow Me."111
Philip was from Bethsaida, the same city as Andrew and Simon Peter. Philip found Nathaniel resting under a fig tree and told him, "We have found that Jesus, the son of Joseph of Nazareth is the one that Moses wrote about in the law and the prophets."112
Nathaniel answered, "How can anything good come out of Nazareth?"
Philip answered, "Come and see!"
When Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward Him, He said, "Behold here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no guile!"
Nathaniel said, "How do you know me?" Jesus told him, "I knew you even before Philip called you, and I saw you while you were under the fig tree."
Nathaniel exclaimed, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!" And Jesus said, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see much greater things than this. Truly, truly I say to all of you that from now on you will see heaven open and the angels of God descending and ascending to the Son of man."113
Jesus, the Son of God, often referred to Himself as the Son of man. Jesus came to earth as a human being (or Son of Man). The dual nature of Jesus (both human and God incarnate) is revealed by the use of both terms in the New Testament at various times.
Philip and Nathaniel followed Jesus from this time on. Jesus then went with these disciples to Galilee.
He was walking by the sea, the lake of Genesaret (which is now called The Sea of Galilee), and people gathered around Him to hear Him tell about God. He saw two boats at the shore, and the fishermen were on shore washing their nets. One of them was Simon, who Jesus had called Kepa (Peter) when He met him at the river before where John the Baptist was baptizing.
Jesus sat down in Simon Peter's boat and asked him to row it a little way from the shore. He sat there and taught the people from the boat.
When He finished speaking, he told Simon to row out to the deep water and cast his net for a catch, but Simon said, "Teacher, we have worked all night and haven't caught a thing. Since you have asked me, I will cast out the net."
When they cast it out, they captured so many fish that the net was breaking. They had to call the fishermen in another boat to come and help them. They filled both the boats until they both were almost sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' feet and said, "I beg you, my Lord leave me alone, for I am a sinful man."
But Jesus said, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. So they took the boats back to land and left everything and followed Him.
As they were leaving, Jesus saw James and his brother John in a ship with Zebedee their father, repairing their nets. These too, were amazed at the fish that their friend Peter had caught. Jesus called James and John and they immediately left the ship and their father and followed Jesus.111. John 10:27
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