TEXT: Luke 5:1-11
MEMORY VERSE: So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. John 21:15
Andrew and Peter
One day as Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee, two fishermen cast their nets into the sea. These men were brothers, and Peter and Andrew were their names. Jesus had another job to do for these men, and he, therefore, said unto them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” [Matt. 4:19]. Jesus meant that he should be led by Peter and Andrew and teach other people to follow Him, love Him, and obey Him.
The fishermen abandoned their nets at once and followed Jesus. As he taught them many things, they listened to his words. As he taught the people, they heard Jesus in the synagogue, on the mountainside, and by the seashore. They have seen Him cure the sick. They understood that he was the Son of God. Some people did not believe that the Son of God was Jesus, but Peter knew who the Son of God was. “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” he said to Jesus one day [Matthew:16:16].].
A Trip For Fishing
Sometime later, we find Peter again by Galilee, a lovely sea, or a lake called Tiberias. He unexpectedly said to some of the men who were with him, “I’m going fishing.” The others said to him, “We’re going with you too.” Peter and six friends went into the boat and out into the sea. They threw their net into the ocean all night long, but the net came back empty each time. No doubt they came back to the shore exhausted and hungry, as well as frustrated from the long fishing trip.
The Stranger on the Sea Shore
Early in the morning, as they approached the land, they saw someone standing on the sea. Perhaps it was a little dim, and they couldn’t tell who was there. “But soon, through the waves, a kind voice called to them: “Children, do you have any meat? “No,” was the fishermen’s answer. Again, as he said, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find,” the voice of the “Stranger” on the shore could be heard.
The exhausted fishermen might have said, “We’ve already fished on both sides of the boat; we’ve done all we could, yet we haven’t caught a single fish.” But they cast the net on the right side of the boat, obediently and hopefully. To their delight, the net was full of great big fish all at once! Currently, the net was so complete that it could not be drawn up by the men.
One of the men on the ship said It’s the Lord.” Peter got out of the ship at once and made his way to the shore. It was a short distance away, so he had either been swimming or trying to swim in the water. It was the same Peter who, at one time, had walked on water going to Jesus. The other apostles, pulling the net with the great catch of fish, came to the shore in a small boat.
Breakfast with the Lord
For the exhausted and hungry fishermen, there was another surprise on the shore: a fire with fish on the coals and some bread! Jesus had prepared a nice meal for them when the disciples had fished, and he said, ‘Come and dine.’ Jesus understood how hungry they were after working with the wet net. They probably wanted to dry themselves by the fire. Jesus took the fish and bread and served the disciples. How attentive he was to the needs of the seven fishermen! And today, too, he’s just as kind, and he’s giving us all the things we need and more.
What a good morning for the disciples! With Jesus on the seashore, they had breakfast! They didn’t have to wonder if it was Jesus, but they knew for certain that it was Jesus.
He asked them to bring a few of the fish they had caught before Jesus called the fishermen to eat. To feed the starving men, Jesus used some of the fish from the net. We don’t know where he got the fish he’d fried or the bread, but we do know that he’s capable of doing anything. On the coals, he would have had more fish, already fried, but he said, “Bring the fish you have now caught.” We might learn a lesson from this. Jesus gives us what we need, and He wants us to do our part.
They obeyed Jesus and cast the net on the right side of the ship, and Jesus filled the net with one hundred and fifty-three huge fish! Did the net split as it had once before when a ton of fish was caught? [Luke:5:3-6].) To their disappointment, this time, the net wasn’t broken.
Fishers of men
After they ate, Jesus said to Peter, “Do you love me more than this?” “The reply from Peter was, “Yea. Lord, you know that I love you.’ Jesus asked Peter the same question for the second and the third time. Peter replied each time, “I love you.” But he was really sad when the third time Jesus asked him the question. Perhaps he recalled that only a short time ago, he had denied that he knew Jesus three times. And now, three times, he told Jesus that he loved him.
Peter repented that he had rejected his Lord, and we believe that he was forgiven by Jesus. Peter certainly loved Jesus, and by working for him, he showed his love. We don’t read that he was no longer fishing for fish, but he became one of the “fishers of men.” He told many many people about Jesus, and they were rescued and loved Jesus. He prayed for those who were ill, and they were cured. The people took the sick out into the street one day and placed them on beds and couches so that Peter’s shadow could fall on them, hoping they would be cured. Many others brought Peter their sick, and all of them were healed [Acts:5:14-16]. It’s not wrong to go fishing, of course, but when Jesus has an important job to do for us, we have to do it first. In order to do the Lord’s job, we often have to give up our own desires and pleasures.
Proving Our Worship for Jesus
Jesus hears what we say, and when we tell Jesus that we love Him, He wants us to show Him that what we say is what we think. There are many ways we can show our love for Jesus by doing so. Jesus said in his word that If you love him, obey his commandments. Are we going to make a list of any commandments? Then we will easily see whether we love Jesus or not.
“Be kind.” [Ephesians:4: 32]).
‘Love thy enemies'[ Matthew:5:44]
“Obey your parents.” [Colossians:3:20])
‘Love one another.’ [1 Peter:1:22]
“Don’t murmur.” [John:6:43])
“Rejoice always.” [1 Thessalonians: 5: 16].
“Pray without ceasing.” [1 Thessalonians: 5: 17])
” Neither be thou envious.” [Proverbs: 24: 19]).
“Do not cheat”.[Colossians:3: 9])
“Be ye grateful.” [Colossians: 3: 15])
Jesus spent lots of time with His followers teaching them to become fishers of men. He’ll teach us too if we ask him.