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He became sin
Who knew no sin
That we might become His Righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross
Love so amazing
Love so amazing (--Chris Tomlin)
Scripture Reflections: Luke 5
1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
Teaching on the water's edge with people all around...the press of the crowd...in the middle of all that confusion you were able to be creative. Lord, you did not get stuck on what would be most comfortable, or what was the usual way of teaching. It was simple...what works.
The boat was available and was used. Lord help me to be available.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
So Simon needed to be where the fish were to catch fish. That line has always caught my attention Lord. Where are the places where I am just sitting in the boat on the edge of the water with my legs dangling in the water when you want me out in deep water? This was a command that you gave to Peter...help me to hear the command Lord and keep it.
There is risk in the deep water. What if there is a storm? What if the boat leaks? What if it is a waste of time? What if I get hurt? The opportunity is in the deep water.
5Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."
There are always the reasons that we can give for not listening...or not wanting to try one more time to fish in the deep water. In the end we either listen or we don't. We either take the opportunity to be blessed or we draw back in fear and rebellion missing what God has for us.
6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Lord sinking boats are a good thing from time to time. Seeing the results of obedience as a concrete reminder is a powerful teaching tool. Too many fish in one boat was the simple result of listening to you and of going to out into the same lake one more time.
I wonder how many times in his life Peter thought back to incidents just like this one and thought...remember the sinking boats...remember the way the Master blessed when I obeyed. Remember the fish we hauled in that day. If he could work in that situation, then he can work in this situation.
Lord give us sinking boats.
8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.
I am like Peter Lord. In the middle of teaching that Isaiah and Jeremiah would have died to hear...the only thing that I can see,think about, and calculate the street value of are the fish.
It was the fish that caught his attention and he knew that you were someone beyond his scope...beyond anywhere that he had ever been with God before meeting you.
Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Good choice Peter...you even left the fish behind...
Lord Jesus in this day help me to focus on the things that are really important. In the middle of the everyday, help me to see the need to follow you with immediacy and grace. Lord