Herod seized John the Baptist and bound him, and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for John said to him, |It is not right for you to have her.| And although Herod wanted to put him to death, he was afraid of the people, for they believed John to be a prophet.
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching God's good news: |The time has come; repent of your sins and believe in the good news, for the kingdom of God is at hand.|
Leaving Nazareth, Jesus went to live in Capernaum, which is on the Sea of Galilee. As he was passing along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting their nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, |Come with me, and I will make you fishers of men.| And they at once left their nets and followed him. And going a little farther on, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, with John his brother, who were in their boat mending their nets. He called them, and they at once left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men, and went with him.
Then Jesus found Philip and said to him, |Come with me.| Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the home of Andrew and Peter. Philip, finding Nathanael, said to him, |We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.| But Nathanael said to him, |Can anything good come out of Nazareth?| Philip replied, |Come and see.|
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and said to him, |Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is no deceit.| Nathanael said to him, |How do you know me?| Jesus answered, |Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig-tree, I saw you.| Nathanael answered him, |Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.| Jesus replied, |Do you believe because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig-tree'? You shall see greater things than these!|
[Illustration: Courtesy of the Hanfstaengl Gallery
Christ and the Fishermen
Painted by E. Zimmerman]