2012-08-02 / Worship

Jesus demonstrates how to walk God’s path of grace?

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Luke 5:1-11)

“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught” (verse 4).

As Je- sus walked God’s chosen path of grace, teaching God’s word and work- ing miracles, the people pressed and jostled around Him to be able to hear more. On this occasion Jesus found himself crowded right up to the shore of Lake Gennesaret, where he spotted two beached fishing boats with their crews cleaning their nets. Among those men were the future disciples Simon Peter, James and John. Jesus asked Simon to anchor his boat a few feet offshore to serve as a speaking platform. From this bit of distance Jesus could talk to the people.

And then He taught the fisherman a great lesson that we can still use today as we walk God’s chosen path of grace.

When Jesus had finished speaking to the people from Simon’s boat, Jesus told Simon “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught” (verse 4b).

“And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net” (verse 5).

When Simon’s crew cast their net it was immediately filled with so many fish he had to ask the crew of the other boat to help pull it back in. When the fish filled both boats, Simon Peter recognized the miracle working power of Jesus and was humbled by it, falling down at Jesus’ feet and saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (verse 8).

“Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him” (verses 10, 11).

This is what Jesus wants to happen to us. We need to experience Jesus’ miracle working power in our lives. All that is required is a willing faith like that of Simon Peter.

When we answer the call and put our trust and obedience in Jesus, our lives change permanently. We never look back. We become followers of Jesus, just like Peter, James and John, and Jesus does God’s work through us as we walk on God’s chosen path of grace.

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