Here at Pine Cove, we have Bible studies daily in each cabin. Today, the campers are learning how Jesus is our friend, not just an “authority” figure over our lives. We would love to share with you all at home what the Bible study looks like for this beautiful Tuesday:
Sometimes it can be hard to consider Jesus a friend. Because we all have many different types of friends in our lives, it is hard to classify Jesus into a specific friend type. When Jesus was 30, he gathered a group of men around him. In this modern day, we probably think he went about doing this in a funny way. But, this was normal back then. Let’s see how Jesus approaches Matthew in order for Matthew to follow him.
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.
Jesus literally says “follow me.” And that’s it. He believed in Matthew and knew he could teach Matthew many things. But let’s remember who Matthew is: a tax collector. Tax collectors back then were rotten people and looked down upon. Jesus calls a modern day jerk to join his group. Wow. Let’s see what happens next:
And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Okay, hold on. So now, Matthew throws a party with all of his pals and so-called fellow “sinners” and they are all hanging out with Jesus! That doesn’t seem too normal, does it? Then the Pharisees bust in and accuse Jesus of associating with sinners. Jesus responds by saying that it is the sick who need a doctor. Jesus is the doctor for those who are sick and dirty with sin. But, we are all Matthew at some point in our lives: we have all sinned in our past, present, and will sin in the future. The cool part is that Jesus is interested in you, despite how rotten you are! He is looking for the sick to heal!
Now let’s look at Luke 5:1-5. Jesus gets in Peter’s boat but Peter is not excited about going fishing AGAIN because of the fact that they haven’t caught anything all night. Peter had been working all night and decided to finally give up, but then this random guy (Jesus) comes and tells him to do it all over again. This relates back to our sin: have you tried to avoid sin and failed? That’s okay, because Jesus comes and says “keep fishing.” Jesus knows your nets are empty, your hearts are weary, and you want to give up. And yet, Jesus says it’s not too late.
“When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.”
Surprise, surprise. The nets begin to bust open from the large quantity of fish they catch. Are you surprised that they Lord blessed them in this way?
But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!
Why do you think Simon Peter reacted this way? Was he thankful? In awe? Ashamed of his earlier attitude? Then notice Jesus’ response in verse 10: He says “don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men.” Jesus was not mad with Peter for being frustrated because he understands. Jesus understands how tired and weary we can get. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Do you need Jesus to give you rest and to be your friend?
Memory verse for Tuesday:
And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Until next time,
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