The main emphasis of Jesus’ mission was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” If Jesus preached about anything, he preached about the kingdom and its coming. Even his parables are devoted to the kingdom, its coming, its character, and its demands. Jesus was not primarily a teacher of wisdom or morals. He was first and foremost a prophet of the kingdom—the reign of God among men, which wants to become effective now, and will be effective in the world to come. In this Gospel Jesus calls his first four disciples at the Sea of Galilee. What he saw in Peter, Andrew, James, and John is not said. They appear to be ordinary men involved in ordinary tasks. But they are recruited by Jesus to join him in his mission of preaching the kingdom. The term follow is used three times in the passage. In Judaism pupils did quite literally, in a physical sense, follow their masters; they walked behind them and assisted them. Overpowered by the call of Jesus to enter into his work, these four Galilean fishermen followed him and finally, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, were among the apostles of the infant church. This passage from Matthew is appropriately an Epiphany text. Jesus appeared in Galilee with his message of the kingdom, appearing among Jews and Gentiles, the religious and nonreligious, scribes and fisherman, and among the learned and the simple. We have here a manifestation of the divine mission among all sorts of persons.