Leaving it all-Luke 5:1-11

Luke 5:1-11 “One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people 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,10 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 catch men.”  11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Luca 5:1-11 “Mentre egli stava in piedi sulla riva del lago di Gennesaret e la folla si stringeva intorno a lui per udire la parola di Dio, Gesù vide due barche ferme a riva: da esse i pescatori erano smontati e lavavano le reti. Montato su una di quelle barche, che era di Simone, lo pregò di scostarsi un poco da terra; poi, sedutosi sulla barca, insegnava alla folla. 4Come ebbe terminato di parlare, disse a Simone: «Prendi il largo, e gettate le vostre reti per pescare». Simone rispose: «Maestro, tutta la notte ci siamo affaticati e non abbiamo preso nulla; però, secondo la tua parola, getterò le reti». E, fatto così, presero una tal quantità di pesci, che le loro reti si rompevano. Allora fecero segno ai loro compagni dell’altra barca, di venire ad aiutarli. Quelli vennero e riempirono tutte e due le barche, tanto che affondavano. Simon Pietro, veduto ciò, si gettò ai piedi di Gesù, dicendo: «Signore, allontànati da me, perché sono un peccatore». Perché spavento aveva colto lui e tutti quelli che erano con lui, per la quantità di pesci che avevano presi, 10 e così pure Giacomo e Giovanni, figli di Zebedeo, che erano soci di Simone. Allora Gesù disse a Simone: «Non temere; da ora in poi sarai pescatore di uomini». 11 Ed essi, tratte le barche a terra, lasciarono ogni cosa e lo seguirono.”

This encounter between Jesus, Simon Peter and the other future disciples was probably the third recorded occasion of them meeting Jesus. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus had already healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law and John states that Andrew found Peter saying “we have found the Messiah”. They knew that He was a great teacher and miracles followed His ministry. But they were not regular followers of Jesus because of their responsibility to run the family fishing business.

Jesus has now invaded the territory of the fishing lanes by sitting in a boat to continue teaching since the crowds were pressing in so close, maybe wanting to touch Jesus or make requests of Him. Of course, the big story here is the abundance of fish caught at the directive of Jesus after they had fished all night and caught nothing. But it is noteworthy for us to see that until Peter obeyed the first command from Jesus (“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”), he would not have witnessed the miracle. And it is still true that the seemingly insignificant things Jesus asks of us will open doors to even greater things!

There are some other observations for us to ponder. Peter gave the use of his boat to Jesus. By letting Jesus use it for a pulpit, Peter loses his source of income. But his previous experience with Jesus gives him the willingness to obey even though he is somewhat doubtful. Finally, the miracle causes Peter to realize that he is a sinful man. The astonishment (in v. 9 it literally means “dumbfounded”) had such a profound effect on Peter, James and John that the third command to leave everything and follow Jesus is obeyed without doubt or fear like before. They left what was probably the biggest fish catch of their lives. In essence, the more encounters they had with Jesus, the more their faith in Him grew.

On a side note: Although the Scriptures doesn’t say this, the disciples “left everything and probably provided the crowd that listened to Jesus the biggest fish dinner they ever had!

Pray with me: Lord, I have witnessed Your work in my life and in the lives of others. Help me to have the courage to obey Your command when my natural instinct seems to doubt. Help me also to have the courage to surrender all of my life and dreams into Your secure care.

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