The First Disciples Trilogy part I
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon: “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
“Master” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but at Your words, I’ll let down the nets.”
When they did this they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners, in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full, that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this He fell to Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.
“Don’t be afraid” Jesus told Simon, “From now on you will be catching people!” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything and followed Him.
The symbolism in this story can give you the chills. Jesus travels down to the Sea of Galilee where Peter and his crew are. The crowds are so huge that Jesus gets into Peter’s boat and gives His sermon. Imagine the quiet hush of a large crowd so intent on hearing the spoken word of God, the crystal clear water lapping against the shore.
Jesus must have been so excited! Knowing that today Peter would come on board and join the ministry. Many people can relate to listening to a life changing sermon, the one that turns your world upside down and changes the course of your eternity. The Holy Spirit orchestrates this with every person that comes to the Lord, a comment here, an act of kindness there, a miracle from God and you’re in! The whole time Jesus knowing that today is your day! And suddenly out of conviction you fall before His knees in the realization that He is so good and we’re not.
Jesus starts off preaching a commanding word captivating everyone when He’s finished He tells Peter to launch out into the deep waters and let the net down.
Peter by listening to the spoken word has a certain knowledge of the Lord, a level of respect. Many people live at this level, going to church, following the rules kind of a sacrifice to the Lord. Here is how we can tell, Peter used the word “Master” which means ‘Teacher.’ Peter has respect for Jesus, but at this point, he does not know who He is.
But Peter does know fishing, the max depth of the sea of Galilee is about 141’, the water is very clear and during the day the fish will go deep, this is one of the reasons why they fished at night. Pulling in a net from 100 foot of water is a lot of work.
It’s like the first time you pray for someone, you do it out of service to God not thinking your worthy to be used by God. Then God shows up! God will owe no man, so he paid the rental for the boat. No one ever thinks that because things are not working out for you in your job that maybe Jesus wanted a clean boat that day, God had a greater purpose for them not catching any fish that night.
Notice, Peter didn’t fall down until after the fish were caught and in the boat, Peter’s worldly way of work was done. Two miracles took place at this moment, the fish and Peter’s conversion. Peter’s respect has gone from Teacher to Lord, which means Supreme Authority! The first words Jesus said at the moment of Peter’s conversion, “Don’t be afraid,” in effect He was saying ‘I can use you,’ God can still use you, and it is never too late to do something for the Lord. Peter has gone from sacrifice to commitment
He is: “Or Goyim”
“Light of the Nations”