Summary: Every one of Jesus’ qualities is infinite. Jesus, as He is God, is infinite in knowledge. Jesus is infinite in power. Jesus is infinite in love. Jesus is infinitely just. And Jesus is infinitely pure.
We need volunteers in childcare and if you’d like to volunteer, we have someone up front who’d like to get your information. This is the third message in a series, Plastic Jesus: How Did Someone So Real Become So Fake? As I was preparing this message from the beginning of Luke 5, I noticed there were two stories of Jesus, the disciples, and fishing. The second story is from John 21, after the resurrection of Christ. I want to read both this morning for Jesus did the same miracle twice.
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:1-11)
And now John 21 (not my focus text but a parallel account):
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21:1-14)
Few things began in a more obscure way than Christianity. From its humble beginnings, we see one Teacher surrounding Himself with a group of men. And while crowds continued to surround Jesus everywhere He went it was these men, these disciples, who were seriously attached to Jesus. And it’s here that we begin to meet these men. As we have read through the early parts of Luke, we've been introduced to principally two main characters: John the Baptist and Jesus Himself. Now the narrative begins to widen and we see some of the men closest to Jesus in the pages to follow. Peter, James and John had two fishing experiences with Jesus. One is before they join His band of Disciples and the second is after Christ's resurrection. We’ll see the differences in these two miracles and how distinctively Peter responds in a just moment.