Mark 1:14-20

Jesus asks some men to be his disciples

14 Later, John was in prison. At that time, Jesus went to Galilee. He told people the good news about God. 15 Jesus said, ‘Now is the time when the kingdom of God has come very near. You have done many wrong things. Turn away from them and change the way that you live. Believe God's good news.’

1:14King Herod had put John in prison even though John had not done anything wrong. John was also called John the Baptist because he baptized people.

16 One day, Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee. He saw two brothers called Simon and Andrew. Their job was to catch fish. They were throwing their nets into the lake to catch fish. 17 Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me and be my disciples. Then I will teach you how to catch people, instead of fish.’ 18 Simon and Andrew immediately put down their nets and they went with Jesus.

1:16Simon was also called Peter.
1:17Jesus did not mean that Simon and Andrew would really catch people. He would teach Simon and Andrew how to tell other people the good news about himself. They would bring people to Jesus, so that those people could believe in him.
1:18Simon and his brother lived in a town called Capernaum. This town is on the shore of Lake Galilee.

19 Jesus continued to walk along the shore. Soon he saw two more men who were brothers. They were called James and John. They were the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat and they were mending their nets. 20 Immediately, Jesus asked them to come with him. They left their father and his workers in the boat, and they went with Jesus to be his disciples.