Summary: The three "C’s" applied by our Master to Peter and the disciples is still the same"C"God is using in our life today as we wade deeper and deeper in Him.
The lake was called Lake of Tiberias,Gennasaret or Sea of Galilee.This might be the 2nd invitation of Jesus to Peter and company(Mat.4:18-22).This is the hometown of Peter and He already knew Jesus because he addressed Him as Master in the passage but he, including the disciples don’t have yet their total commitment to follow Him as evidenced by their going back to fishing in His 1st invitation of Mat.4:18-22.
The text suggests that this was the time finally for them to follow the Lord.
Today,there are three"C"that Jesus applied to finally convince these men to follow Him and totally commit their life to Him.
These are also the same method God is using in our life today as we move on in our walk with Him.My prayer is that you might as well feel,hear and experience to go deep in your consigning of faith to the One who is the same yesterday,today and forever!
Let the roaring deep calls to roaring deep at the thunder of His water spouts;all His breakers and His rolling waves have gone over me!(paraphrase mine of Psa.42:7).
If these would happen,you would never leave the Lord again.Never.
I-JESUS GOES DEEP IN COMMUNICATING:vv.3&4
Jesus communicated with the disciples particularly Peter.Notice in the following verses how Jesus talk, requested something from him.Jesus not only do the talking when He got into the boat of Peter,He initiated everything.
He got into one of the boats(V.3).
He requested Peter to draw away from the shore,a little further from the land.
And in verse 4,when He finished talking to the people He requested Peter to launch out in the deep and lower his nets for a catch.Launch out.Deeper.
What’s the reaction of Peter?Imagine Peter as Jesus was teaching...The Lord was cutting into Peter’s sleep time-his rest.He could have walk home and sleep as shown by verse 5.Is it not that it is also happening to you as you hurry and catch the bus to attend the Worship service inspite of working the whole night through to augment dwindling family income?Is it not happening to you,mother...who couldn’t sleep because your daughter hadn’t come home yet for several days now as you are to lead the congregation in praising and worshipping God in the midst of these turmoils?
When God’s communicating to us?Expect great things to happen!He’s always transmitting,connecting and want to pass the impossible to the possible.From heavens throne room of blessings to His children who would listen.Expect miracles to come in your finances, in the workplace,in schools,in homes and in your family. When God talks... all you have to do is listen.
II-JESUS GOES DEEP IN CATCHING:vv.4,5
Peter was not only sleepy and aching to go home and catch a sleep for a catchless night,Jesus instructed the fisherman Peter to go and put out his boat into the deep and again lower the nets to catch a haul! You can imagine the Carpenter instructing the seasoned fisherman on how to catch fish?! It is as if a medical doctor defending in court the case of the attorney’s client! Ha ha ha...
If you were Peter, what would you do?Would you follow the Carpenter when all your life, you breath, smell fish and sea? But we do have a Carpenter like no other carpenter!
Peter’s answer will also be our statement.
"Master,we worked hard all night and caught nothing..."
HAVE YOU FELT THAT WAY TOO? So do I.Everyone of us. Not too much to show for all the efforts you have invested.You still come short.The Master is issuing the same call to you and me today. Let’s get back out there to the deep waters once more.ONE MORE TIME. EVEN THOUGH WE APPEAR TO HAVE FAILED.Try again.Risk again.
But Peter’s words did not end there...
"...but on the ground of Your word,I would lower the nets again."Wow! these are rhema words! Words of life! Words of confidence and obedience and of submission!
For me:Jesus’words echoed in the hearts of Peter and into my spirit right now, that our Master is saying.."Keep trying,keep believing and hoping in Me, as I have spoken in the past I am He speaking to you now!"
God wants you to try once more.Launch out into the deep. Let go your nets.
And so it happened.When he lowered his nets in defiance of his own experience of the sea and fish and obeyed,a great catch was enclosed and the second boat was needed to bring the once elusive fish ashore.I can sense in my spirit that when Jesus spoke the words"lower the nets for a catch..." the fish were so restless and so oh!excited as they heard the words of their Creator tingling in their ears that their time to be used by the Master,their moment of bringing the glory back to God for their existence is now at hand! I am very sure that each one of the fish is trying to outdo one another in jumping from the sea to the nets.