He then reminds us of the touching moment in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia when the children first hear about the lion, Aslan. Susan asks, “Is he – quite safe?” Mr. Beaver replied, “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” Williams adds, “No accident that Mark’s traditional symbol in Christian art is a lion.”
Jesus rather surprisingly says “Follow me” – and more surprisingly, they do. Rabbis didn’t invite an entourage to traipse around after them. And these guys, it appears, just now met Jesus. Why on earth would they follow? There had to be something compelling, alluring, even beautiful about Jesus (so do we sing “Fairest Lord Jesus”?). And they follow “immediately,” a key word for Mark: euthus. It’s happening, and now, not a second too soon. When Jesus calls the next two, the immediacy is in Jesus: “Immediately he called…” He didn’t size them up, sort through their credentials, or check out their potential for discipleship. The image here is Jesus just grabs any and everybody.