May 27, 2007 Pastor David King The First Fishing Trip Luke 5:1-11 Part 4 of Series, The Life of Jesus BACKGROUND TO STORY—CHRONOLOGICAL EVENTS LEADING TO THIS TEACHING/MIRACLE 1. Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan— Bethabara—Jordan River 2. Temptation of Jesus in wilderness of Judea 3. Call of First Disciples--Bethabara (Andrew then Peter, Philip and Nathanael) Jn. 1:35-51. 4. First Miracle—Wedding in Cana of Galilee—Jn. 2 5. Temple Cleansing—Jerusalem—Jn. 2 6. Healing of Nobleman‟s Son in Cana—Jn 4 7. Miracle at Pool of Bethesda-Jerusalem—John 5 8. Preaching in Galilee—Luke 4 9. Preaching and rejection in Nazareth—Luke 4:15-30 10. Boatside calling of Andrew, Peter, James and John--Capernaum (Mt. 4; Mk. 1) 11. Jesus Casts out an unclean spirit (Capernaum) (Lk 4) 12. Jesus heals Peter‟s mother-in-law (Capernaum) (Lk 4) 13. Jesus heals many on sunset of Sabbath (Capernaum) 14. Jesus teaches and catches Men—Luke 5:1-11 This morning‟s message finds Jesus demonstrating his authority in preaching, in creation and in leadership. In Luke 5, Jesus is still at the early stages of his teaching ministry and the masses are already gathering to hear him teach. So much so that he must “charter” a boat of one of his currently part-time disciples, Simon Peter, to give him a place to address the masses. While on Lake Gennesaret, the Sea of Galilee, Jesus concludes his divine message with a divine miracle. The passage focuses on three major events; the catch of fish, the confession of Peter and the Calling of disciples, and all the while it points us to the Savior, Jesus Christ. FOCAL POINT #1: THE CATCH…THERE WAS A PURPOSE (4-7) 1. The catch reinforced Jesus‟ authority The Crowds had gathered to hear a Word from Jesus the Master Teacher and they found through the miracle that He was more than just a master teacher, but He was the Master and Lord of all Creation. 2. The catch reminded the fishermen of their inability The fishermen were experts and they had been “toiling” all night and they were now mending their nets and preparing them for the next night of fishing and they were preparing themselves for a day of selling their fish and rest. These men knew where the fish were at; and to be so naïve to think that they would not have rather just cast their nets out during the day in the waters nearest the docks would be foolish. These men knew where to fish, but it was God who controlled the fish and it was God who demonstrated his power over his creation. Illustration—There is a show on Discovery called, “Deadliest Catch” and it is the documentary style story of fishermen in Alaska. The specialty of this show is to show the struggle of man against nature in trying to catch crab and fish while battling the freezing seas of the Bearing Straight. It is incredible to see with all the technology and experience they are still unable to predict where the crags will be and even more so they are unable to whether any storm and condition without fear of sinking their ship and dying. This series shows the successes of the men when they bring in “a full pod” and the dejection of a ship when they bring up “empties.” It also shows their 12, 16 and 20+ hour days of toilsome work in order to bring in their quota of crabs or fish. With all their experience and technology they are much like the fisherman of Jesus‟ day, they cannot correctly predict the location of the sealife with 100% accuracy, they cannot control the storms upon the seas that provide their sustenance and they cannot earn a living without working to the point of exhaustion! 3. The catch readied the disciples for their mission (c.f. Jn. 21:1-7) This catch readied the disciples for their mission in the world of bring men to Christ. As Jesus put it in his first calling a day or so earlier, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus now brought them to the epitome of success in their field of occupation, fishing, and now He wanted to take them to a greater occupation, fishing for souls. And the lessons learned on this fishing trip would not be soon forgotten. They learned that it is God that controls the flow of fish, just as it is God who controls the hearts of men. It is God who told them where to fish, just as it is God who tells us where to sow the seed. It was God who brought the great catch and these fishermen were just “pulling it in.” and it is still God who provides the “catch of men” and it is our job to simply “pull „em in.” Application I would like to associate the “catch” of Luke 5 with the time or times in your life when God got your attention. Maybe it was for salvation, maybe for commitment, but God showed up and He demanded your attention. It is at these “catch” moments that we have a decision to make. Are we going to see God in the situation and respond rightly, or are we going to ignore the God of the catch and worship the “catch.” I submit to you that some on that day saw the miracle, but I do not believe all fell at the feet of Jesus in worship and then followed. FOCAL POINT #2: THE CONFESSION…THERE IS A PATTERN (8-9, ISA. 6) READ ISAIAH 6 AS A TEMPLATE FOR WHAT PETER DID ON THE BOAT IN RESPONSE TO GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY. 1. A pattern of awareness to sin Simon Peter‟s first response to the miraculous was to see his own sinfulness and depravity. 2. A pattern of worship In response to his sinfulness; he also realized God‟s holiness and sovereignty and he bowed at Jesus‟ feet. 3. A pattern of repentance I believe this act is also one of repentance and not just mere awareness. I believe his actions of letting down his nets and following Jesus is a demonstration that Peter had now made a complete aboutface and was now following God full-time. FOCAL POINT #3: THE CALLING…THERE IS A PLAN (10-11) 1. A plan of persistence and grace (c.f. John 1:35-42; Mark 1:16-20; 29-31) Jesus continued his “calling” of Peter in that his brother brought him to Jesus in John 1, Peter saw and confessed Jesus as Lord at the wedding feast, in Mark 1 Jesus calls Peter to follow Him, yet in Luke 5 we see Peter back on the boat fishing. Jesus continued to pull His disciples to himself, in the same way He pulls us to himself. Phil. 2:13 says, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phil. 1:6 says, “being confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:3-5 says, “3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,” Romans 8:28 ff says, “For God works all things together for His good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he predestined, the He also called; whom he called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” God‟s act of calling you to himself in salvation and dedication is all about Him! 2. A plan to find permanent worth in a passing world Notice when Jesus had them follow he said, “Do not be afraid, From now on you will catch men.” I‟m unsure of what Simon was fearful of. What is a fear of leaving the known, fishing or was it the fear he had just experienced of almost having his ship sink, or was it a fear of Jesus Himself in his holiness? In any of those situations, the remedy for fear was faith displayed in action. That action was to give up the temporary catch of physical fish and to now begin fishing for a catch of souls. Application—You find permanent worth in a passing world by being more concerned about the souls around you then you do about the earthly goods that surround you. When you go to work it is not primarily about making the most money, but it is about whom you will share Christ with today. Find ways to make your everyday habits and activities into opportunities for ministry. Right now my older brother is on a 4 day motocross trip in New Mexico under “Torch ministries.” This motocross trip consists of 6 saved riders and 6 unsaved riders and these 6 men who love God and enjoy motorcycles are using this trip as an opportunity to share Christ. Pray for them this morning. 3. A plan to forsake all in order to gain all Simon and three others that day gave up all they knew in order to follow after God. What are you willing to give up in order to follow Christ? Better yet, what are you holding on to still that is keeping you from following Christ full- time! “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot. 4. A plan to follow with our life the one who gave His life Luke 9:23 “If anyone desire to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” God requires of us self denial, cross bearing and obedient following in order to follow Him. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one‟s life for his friends.” CONCLUSION: The disciple‟s in this story were about their day to day job of fishing when God called them to a higher calling. They had been following God part-time, but God was looking for full-time followers and it was on this day that they put down their nets and took up their cross. How about you? Have you been following God part-time with your life? God is looking for followers that will commit their lives to Him completely and fully after the fashion of Romans 12:1 where He calls all believers to present their bodies a living sacrifice and after the fashion of Luke 9:23 where he calls us to deny our self, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Are you ready this morning to start following God full-time? Follow the disciple‟s example this morning and lay aside your nets and follow Him! Luke 5:1-11 1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret “a harp”, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon‟s, and asked him to put out “thrust out, launch out” a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out “same word used in verse 3” into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. “Jesus was not saying possibly you will catch, he was emphatic that you will get a catch!”” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled “kopos-to toil as with trouble, weariness, the beating of the breast with grief or sorrow” all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net. “Remember Peter has already seen Jesus heal his mother-in-law and he was likely already at the first miracle in Cana of Galilee”” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great “polus-great, many, large” number “mulititude” of fish, and their net was breaking “osshhrriid-to break through, this term was used of one who rent there clothes in grief. This is in the imperfect, passive tense which demonstrates that the net was breaking apart not because of the sailor’s strength of pulling, but because of the fishes abundance!”. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. “Remember these partners are in cleaning their nets and getting ready to go home from a night of fishing.” And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus‟ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” “Simon’s reaction was repentance because he was in the presence of greatness!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid “phobeo—of what were they afraid? The presence of God or were they truly afraid for their life because there boat was sinking a minute ago and now they were safe!”. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. Commentary Information: The incident recorded here is obviously not the first time Jesus had been in contact with the men whom He called to be His disciples. Luke already had stated that Jesus had healed Simon‟s mother-in-law which denotes previous contact with Simon and Andrew. This seems to be at least the third time Jesus had contact with these men. In John 1:41 “He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).” Andrew told Peter that he had found the Messiah. Apparently the men at first did not follow Jesus on a “full-time” basis, for in Mark 1:16-20 “16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.” (also Matt. 4:18-22) Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Mark recorded that that call was before Jesus entered the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who was demon- possessed. It is no wonder Peter invited Jesus home after the synagogue incident. Now, sometime later, Peter and the others were still fishermen. It was at this point, now that Jesus had established His authority (Luke 4:31-44) 31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. 32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority. 33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are— the Holy One of God!”35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. 36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” 37 And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region. 38 Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. 39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. 40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ. 42 Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; 43 but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” 44 And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. that He called these men to full-time discipleship. 5:1-3. The large throng crowding around Jesus prevented His teaching effectively as He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, another name for the Sea of Galilee, by a village on the northwest shore. So He went out a short distance in the water in Simon‟s boat so that they could all listen to the Word of God. 5:4-7. On Jesus‟ request, Simon put out his nets and caught . . . a large amount of fish. Though Simon, an experienced fisherman, was sure he would not catch anything at that time of the day when the fish were deeper in the lake, he obeyed Jesus‟ word. This showed a significant amount of faith. The resulting catch began to break the nets, so they filled Simon‟s and another boat with the fish till both boats . . . began to sink. 5:8-11. The miracle of the fish brought two responses in Peter and the others. They were astonished (lit., “amazement [thambos] seized him and all those with him,” v. 9; cf. 4:36) at the large catch of fish, and Peter realized his sinfulness before Jesus (5:8). The result was that Jesus made the fishermen fishers of men. Jesus‟ teaching, combined with His miraculous acts, showed that He had the authority to call the men and have them respond by leaving everything.1 1Walvoord, John F., and Zuck, Roy B., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, (Wheaton, Illinois: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.) 1983, 1985.