Luke 5:1-4 ESV
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
The crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God…
If only Christians had such a hunger for the God’s Word today! We would truly walk in the same way He walked (1 John 2:6). If we left the four walls of the church and brought God’s Word to the unchurched all around us, we might find that they are hungry for the Word of God, and we might find them forming crowds around us.
They were pressing Jesus so hard that He stepped into Simon’s boat and put out a little to teach comfortably.
God confirms His Word through miracles. Signs and wonders wake us up and cause us to pay attention to the message. They mark the message, making it hard to forget. Moses’s staff transformed into a snake. Elijah called down fire from heaven. Jesus was no different.
And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
This didn’t make any sense to Simon. Who was this rabbi, trying to tell him how to do his job? From what Simon had heard, this Nazarene had been a carpenter, so what could he possible know about fishing? Nevertheless, this Jesus was a distinguished rabbi, so he would obey him out of respect.
Luke 5:5-7 ESV
And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
We serve the God of more than enough. He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). When we think we know what we’re doing, He tells us how to do it better. If we are obedient, we will be blessed.
When we’ve worked, and toiled, and sweat, and cried, and bled, and come up empty, He suddenly gives us more than we can handle with no effort. That’s the amazing grace of God!
But he wasn’t blessing Simon simply for his own sake. He had a plan a purpose.
Luke 5:8-10 ESV
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
In the midst of this sign, Simon suddenly had a revelation of his own depravity. He was a sinner! He, of all people, did not deserve this miraculous catch of fish. Jesus wasn’t worried about that. He said, “You see this catch of fish, Simon? If you follow me I’ll show you how to catch the souls of men.”
Luke 5:11 ESV
And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
If we drop our own plans, and follow after Jesus we’ll win souls to God’s kingdom. If we obey Jesus, He will bless us with more than enough; we’ll have to share it. He gives us the Word that the world is starving for. It’s time to “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”