Most of us like to hear a good fishing story. In the morning, when Peter had come back from fishing all night without catching a single fish and was washing his net, Jesus came along and told Peter to go back out and set his net again.
Now Peter was a professional fisherman. He, like all commercial fishermen of his day, knew the best time to fish was during the night. Why is a carpenter telling a professional fisherman that he should go back out during the day and fish?
After hearing Jesus’ spoken word, something inside Peter, against his own better judgment said, “Put your trust in this man Jesus to create the impossible.”
(Some say Peter was hesitant to go back out, knowing that fishing during the day was a waste of time and that the other fishermen probably would think he was crazy listening to a carpenter who knew nothing about fishing.)
However, Peter went out and lowered his net in the deep water as Jesus asked him to. (They also say that when Peter lowered his net, before it went out of sight, Peter could see fish being created inside his net from out of nowhere. Plus, not just normal size fish, but giant size lunkers, bigger than most had ever seen, and they just kept coming and coming into the net until it was so full and stretched so wide that it started to rip at the knots. This could be true, as Jesus is some kind of creator of things our minds just can’t fathom.)
In the outcome, Peter lowered his net as Jesus had told him and caught so many fish that his net began to rip. He then called to his partner, who brought out his boat to help Peter with his catch and the amount of fish nearly sank both boats. How do you think the other fishermen felt after seeing this? Read Luke 5:1-11 for an actual account of the story.
I believe that we are all like Peter. We need to hear a powerful word from Jesus ourselves to make followers out of us. After all, without Christ in us, we are only human. We live by what we see, not by what we don’t see. Paul says in Romans 13:12, “The night is far spent, the day is fully at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill it’s lusts.” Putting on Christ arms us with the power of light to overcome the darkness.
Finally, Jesus at the well told the Samaritan woman, “If you drink the water that I give, you will not thirst again and the water Jesus would give her to drink would become a perpetual spring within her that would bubble forth within, giving her everlasting life.” John 4:14.
Now that’s the kind of power from Christ we are talking about! I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of power I’m thirsty for in my life today!
The holiday season is upon us. We should all be fishing for joy in our lives. Maybe we need to pick up our nets from the shallow waters and move our boats to the deeper waters to lower our nets. God created us with a hole that only He can fill. A hole that is deep within us that only Jesus can fill. I hope that all of us find that deep hole and fill it with Jesus this Christmas Season.
May Love, Hope, Peace and everlasting Joy be with you and in you as you keep seeking and following that lasting relationship with Jesus the Christ this Christmas season. May you, your family, and friends be blessed with gifts from above in the coming New Year. Shalom.
Mark Conway is a Christian evangelist living in Sterling with his wife Maryna. There they share a house of prayer with all, as well as a separate Christian retreat home for family retreats. Mark can be reached at email@example.com.