In just a few short words, Jesus has revealed his own name, and has thereby shown himself to be LORD. “Before Abraham was, I am.”
Jesus is not interested in solely liberating and proclaiming the kingdom of God on his own; instead, he invites ordinary fishers to leave their places of comfort and provision and to follow him in his plan of redemption and deliverance.
This promise from God was the only thing that Abram had to follow. I say “only”—a promise from God is more than we could ever ask for—because, despite the value of such a promise, the rich comfort that his promises offer can only be accessed by faith.
What is it you want? Jesus poses this question to James’ and John’s mother in our reading of Matthew 20.
It means awakening from the cold, dead winter, and rising with the cherry blossoms, the lilies, the daisies, and the sunshine to make a joyful noise to the Lord, with all the earth.
Let us think about how many times God has been merciful to us. Let us consider the magnitude of God’s love for us. Let us remember the joy of our salvation.