To avoid the crushing crowds, Jesus sat in Peter’s boat a little ways from the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
After His talk was ended, Jesus bade Peter to go out to sea and drop his net for fish. But Peter was discouraged, thinking of what lay ahead after seeing the hatred of the priests and rabbis toward Jesus and His message. Even his own occupation had failed. Looking at the empty fishing nets, the future seemed dark. “Master,” he said, “we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I’ll let down the net.”
Night was the best time for fishing in the clear lake. It appeared hopeless to fish in the day, but out of love for Jesus, His disciples obeyed.
Peter and his brother, Andrew, let down the net, and there were so many fish caught the net almost broke. They had to call their friends, James and John, to come help them. When they pulled in the fish, both boats were so full they almost sank.
Overwhelmed, Peter saw in Jesus One who held all nature under His control. In contrast, Peter, feeling helpless and unholy, exclaimed, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man,” yet all the while holding on to Jesus’ feet not willing to part from Him.
Jesus answered, “Fear not, from now on you shall catch men.”
He had shown them God would supply all their needs. Now He bade Peter and his fellow fishermen, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
And they left all and followed Him.
Jesus calls us today to be willing to yield to His guidance and be used by Him to bring His love and truth to all within our reach.
He bids us, “Follow Me.”
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