Today, Jesus goes fishing:
One day as Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Master Fisherperson.
Peter and the others had fished all night on their own and caught nothing. Jesus tells them to do what no ordinary fisherperson would do — lower the nets during the day when everyone knows that all the fish have moved to deeper, cooler waters. But Peter listens to Jesus and lowers the nets anyway. His reward: enough fish to tear the nets and sink the boats.
What exactly does Jesus want us to do?
This one little scene gives us all an action plan to follow:
- Listen to Jesus and obey (even when it doesn’t seem to make sense).
- Recognize our sinfulness compared to Jesus’ awesomeness.
- Don’t be afraid.
- Leave everything behind (even the biggest catch of your life) and follow him.
- Fish for people with Jesus’ help.
- Prepare to be amazed.
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