Luke 5:4-8 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So 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. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It is almost comical, imagining the face of Peter, James, and John as they saw the greatest haul of fish ever seen on the Sea of Galilee. These men had lived on this lake and fished on this lake all of their lives. They had never seen anything like this, nothing even close. A new chapter had begun in their lives, they were becoming fishers of men. Matthew Henry makes some interesting observations about this miracle, check out his words.
“The draught of fish they caught was so much beyond what was ever known that it amounted to a miracle. They enclosed a great multitude of fishes, so that their net broke, and yet, which is strange, they did not lose their draught. It was so great a draught that they had not hands sufficient to draw it up; but they were obliged to beckon to their partners, who were at a distance, out of call, to come and help them, but the greatest evidence of the vastness of the draught was that they filled both the ships with fish, to such a degree that they overloaded them, and they began to sink, so that the fish had like to have been lost again with their own weight. Thus many an overgrown estate, raised out of the water, returns to the place whence it came. Suppose these ships were but five or six tons a piece, what a vast quantity of fish must there be to load, nay to over-load, them both!”
There is fishing and then there is FISHING. there are those special days when everyone is catching fish.
This miracle has several applications. Obviously, it speaks of the call of God on those Galilean fishermen, they were in for quite an adventure. It also speaks of those special seasons of harvest that the Lord sends to His church. I think we are entering one of those times. The key to being part of one of these great moments in life is simple. GET A LINE IN THE WATER. You can’t catch a fish if you just sit in the boat. Cast out the net, throw in a line, something awesome is about to happen.