Do you have a moment when you saw Jesus for who He is? A moment that was defining for you? The moment your faith became more than your parents faith, more than Bible stories you had been taught as a child, more than a religion that you had heard of – do you remember the moment that you saw Jesus for who He is – that He is Lord?
That moment happened to Peter in Luke 5. It was what seemed like the beginning of an ordinary day – Jesus had started his Public ministry, he had called his disciples- and now, He was preaching to the people. The crowds were getting large, and Jesus so Jesus got into a boat and pushed a little way from the land so that he could effectively teach.
The teaching time was over, Jesus told Peter to launch out a little deeper to cast his nets for a catch. This is where we find out what kind of night the fisherman had the night before.
He had caught no fish.
I am no fisherman (fisherwoman? LOL!) but I know the frustration of working hard and having nothing to show for it. I can only imagine the frustration Peter felt.
Even worse, when a Carpenter is telling a fisherman how and where to do his job.
Peter responds “Master (which means teacher), we fished all night, and caught nothing. But at your word, we will let down the net.”
At the Word of Jesus – the nets were filled.
Filled to the point of breaking.
Yet, it is the reaction of Peter that drew my attention.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus knees, saying “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord”
Peter’s response – was worship. He saw himself for who he was a sinful man.
When we see Christ for who he truly is – we can’t help but see ourselves for who we truly are.
The second thing we see is that Peter called him Lord. This is huge. Calling Jesus Master at the beginning of the passage was normal for a Jewish man – it is what they called teachers of the law. Yet Lord was a name reserved for God. It showed that he saw him as Lord- placing him in the same place as God. He realized that Jesus had done something he could not do. We can not save ourselves no more than we can make fish appear in a net. Only the Lord can make those things happen.
Finally, there response was to follow him. They were ready now- ready to leave all they had and follow him. They established him as the authority in their lives by calling him Lord, and by forsaking all else- including their nets! Like them, we need to leave our past and our sin, turn and commit to him. He must be more than Master and Teacher- we must call him Lord.
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Jesus had called- and the Disciples knew who he was. They left everything and followed Him. What about us? Has Jesus shown us who He is? And if so, are we willing to forsake it all and follow Him?
It is an eternal question – with an eternal consequence. Who do you say Jesus is?