JUST BEFORE NOON on Sunday, January 12, A.D. 27, Jesus called the apostles together for their ordination as
public preachers of the gospel of the kingdom. The twelve were expecting to be called
almost any day; so this morning they did not go out far from the shore to fish. Several of them were lingering near the shore repairing their nets and
tinkering with their fishing paraphernalia.
140:0.2 As Jesus started down the
seashore calling the apostles, he first hailed Andrew and Peter, who were fishing near the shore; next he signaled to James and John, who were in a boat near by, visiting with their
father, Zebedee, and mending their nets. Two by two he gathered up the other apostles, and when he had assembled all twelve, he journeyed with them to
the highlands north of Capernaum, where he proceeded to
instruct them in preparation for their formal ordination.
140:0.3 For once all twelve of the apostles were silent; even Peter was in a reflective mood. At last the long-waited-for hour had
come! They were going apart with the Master to participate in some sort of solemn ceremony of personal consecration and collective dedication to the
sacred work of representing their Master in the proclamation of the coming of his Father's kingdom.
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