Text ,Luke 5:1-11:And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net break. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
This chapter begins with a fishing story. But we also have one in John 21 when Jesus came back after the resurrection .But lets look at the request before the great catch. Jesus will always request something before the great blessings come. If we are to reap a fruitful harvest it will be after we have been obedient to what Jesus has asked us to do!!! In verse one we see the crowds listing to the word of God. Some folks are listening and others are going about there lives like nothing is being said. They don’t hear Jesus because their attitudes and actions are controlled by desire & not the word of God.Have you ever had times in your life where it seemed like things just weren’t working right? Then a friend gives you some advice but you did not want to listen, but finally you go ahead and did it away and things got a lot better. That is kind what we have here with Peter and his friends. This mirrors the attitudes of many Christians today toward what Jesus is saying to a lot of people. What happens to us when we are weak in our faith and have an attitude with the Lord. We begin to think: I just don’t know about all those promise Jesus made in the bible or Jesus wants too much of my time, He is too demanding. In verse one; we have folks who needed the word and had a passion to hear Jesus teach. This shows the interest and spiritual nature of the ones who are staving to feed on the bread of life and found great satisfaction in what they heard. In verse 2 we see that the fishermen had given up and were washing there nets. But they did not have Jesus in their lives. It is easy to give up when faced with difficulties that can cause us too have the wrong perspectives. When we do the work of God, Divine providence often smiles upon us providing circumstances to meet our need in any situation. If we would only allow Jesus to get into our boat and be the caption and guide us along life’s weary road the sailing would be a lot smoother. Jesus got into the boat and teaches for a while and then to thank Peter, Jesus says put out into the deep and let your lets down.!!! Once again it is hard to take advice from others because we think we know it all. Sometimes people will give us good advice and all we think about is doing what we want not matter what we are determined to do it our way. Just like Peter we all have arguments. He said we have worked hard all night & caught nothing. He did not want to do it!! By launching out into the deep waters of humility and restoration, we can find God’s blessings on our life. The Bible tells us when we humble ourselves, the Lord will exalt us. How many times in our lives have we went against the gain to have it our way & we work hard for days-months and years only to find out we really have nothing. Listen if you don’t have Jesus in control of your life you have nothing. First of all we got to realize that Peter was a professional and to catch fish you must do it at night in the shallows when fishing with a net. But Jesus shows us how His power works.
But first Peter and his helper must be willing to do as the Lord says even though they are tired and worn out from working hard all night and they have done cleaned their nets.
Serving Christ requires a high priority or we will not serve Him. Sometimes we must serve the Lord when we do not feel like it. But here’s the power: Peter said; I will do as you say!!! How many of us are willing to say those same words?
We must serve the Lord regardless of discouragement. If we wait for every situation to be perfect before we serve the Lord, we will never serve Him.
Here is what Jesus said, you serve me with your lips but your heart is far from me.
But when they had done what Jesus said, they caught a great quantity.
Peter’s experienced hand felt the astounding response at once. Suddenly the net was inadequate for the task, it was overflowing.
Even at this point Peter did not have a clue who was in control. Peter though I have done it. Now if I can just get all these fish to the bank.
So in verse 7, Peter hollows for help. Not from Jesus but from the other boat.
God’s Word does not complicate our lives. It is our lack of complete compliance that creates problems for us. As you look at your obedience and faith in the Lord, how would you describe it?
God’s commands are not always logical, practical, or convenient.
Reluctance should always give in to obedience. We need the spirit that will try for God, no matter what the obstacles or how hopeless a situation may seem.
How many times have we missed the blessing yet we were so close. If we would only learn to obey what the Lord says.
Look at the picture here. These men are going crazy trying to get all these fish to the shore. Why? For gain.
There nets are breaking and the boats are so full they are starting to sink. They are over loaded with blessings.
How would you like for your life to be like that. What else could Peter do except what happened in verse 8.
In all the humor of the situation, our Lord’s heart was bound to be full of rejoicing because He had found His man. Most people don’t listen to Jesus they just pretend.
Peter was broken in humility. He fell down like a little child and asks Jesus to go away.
What did Peter mean when he said I am a sinful man? Any time we hear from God it causes repentance.
The great catch of fish made Peter aware of his sinfulness. Peter’s statement did not mean he wanted Christ to leave him as the unbeliever wants nothing to do with Christ.
These are words of a humble soul who loved the Lord more than the others & desired His companionship greatly.
Remember the story Jesus told of two men going to church. One bragged about how great he was and the other say forgive a sinner like me!!!
The wonder and greatness of the Lord’s blessings, power and deity humbled Peter and left him in awe. Not only him but also James and John.
If it astonished them and they were amazed it had to be by the power of Jesus because no one else had ever had a catch like that in just a moment at the wrong time of day.
V-10 A lot of people are afraid of what they will lose if the follow Jesus.
These men weren’t. They had just made the biggest catch of their life & they walked off and left it. Not only did they leave the fish but they also left there boats and career.
But now they had a new occupation. Catching men.
Jesus is not asking us to give up every thing. This story just shows how important it is to listen to the word of God and then obey it if we want a blessing that we can not contain.
There are a lot of things that can block the blessing of Christ in our life.
We must follow the instructions of God’s Holy Word.