Jesus provides a Miraculous catch of fish, and “His Team” begins to come together. Luke 5:1-11

We move into chapter 5 as we continue studying the writings of Luke, the Christian, Evangelist, and Doctor who, like us, came to know Jesus through the teachings of the apostles. He wrote:

“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were 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 Peter, 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!’” (Luke 5:1-8)Simon Peter was awestruck at this miracle, and his first response was to realize his own insignificance in comparison to this man’s greatness. Peter knew that Jesus had healed the sick, and driven out demons, but he was amazed that Jesus cared about his day to day routine and understood his needs. Peter needed help with his livelihood badly. The Lord knows we have needs and is interested, not only in saving our souls, but also in helping us in our daily activities. He is with us in all that we do. I speak to Jesus throughout the day, visiting with Him as my Best Friend. I know He understands and cares about my wants and needs and delights in my gratitude.

The Word goes on to say:

“For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Don’t be afraid, from now on you will fish for people.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.” (Luke 5:9-11)Jesus established His authority in their lives with this event. He met them on their level, showed them what was possible, helped them believe they could succeed and helped them in their work. As we can see, they left everything and followed Him afterward. Perhaps there is more symbolism to note here beyond the surface: Jesus wants us to leave everything from the past as we live for today. This is what we have -TODAY. Of course we will have memories of yesterday and perhaps things that carry over from yesterday, but our life is TODAY. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow may never come. Our life is TODAY. Let us live it fully with Him, side by side as we go. Enjoy and Rejoice and be Happy!Let us always remember Israel and Gaza and Ukraine and Russia in prayer. In this we are trusting in the Lord for what is right for all in the struggle.Love you all so very much.  Praying for each of you as we journey on.