And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 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. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 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. Luke 5:2-5
Imagine this, your a professional fisherman and you’ve been fishing all night, then some stranger walks up to you and says “Hey why don’t you put the net on the other side of the boat” You’re first reaction is probably curse words we can’t repeat, however Peter was respectful to Jesus and did as he said.
What was happening here? Jesus is not only going to select his first Apostles, but he’s going to teach Peter about faith and obedience. Jesus knows what he told Peter doesnt make any logical sense, however he wanted to test Peter and see if he would be obedient and faithful to his commands
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 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. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. Luke 5:6-8
Notice what happened when Peter listened to The Lord’s instructions, he caught so many fish , he needed multiple men to bring in the nets. Once Peter realized who Jesus is , notice his reaction. Peter fell on his knees and said “I am a sinful man, O Lord” this is a true display of repentance. Have you ever went to your knees in true repentance and declared who Jesus is?
For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 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. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. Luke 5:9-11
But lets not miss the message Jesus was trying to convey with the miracle. Peter was now called to be an Apostle of Christ, to catch people instead of fish! How? By preaching the gospel, hence the symbolism of the fishing net. And the Apostles were not going to just catch a few people, they were going to start a revolution called the Church, which the gates of Hell will never prevail against it
Jesus called Peter and the other Apostles , and they answered , following Christ! Are you being called today? Are you a Fisher of Men? Time is running short, build Gods Kingdom and save souls in Jesus name Amen!