The Big Reveal | Part 2: If You Say So, Lord
June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020
We’re in a series talking about the “Big Reveal” of Jesus in Scripture. Today, we’re looking at the time when Jesus revealed Himself to Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.” When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners. “Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people.” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed him. (Luke 5:4-11, CSB)
Notice the details of this passage, because this event that took place on the Sea of Galilee is when it was revealed to Peter that Jesus was a bit more than a really cool rabbi. Notice how Peter communicates with Jesus and how his relationship with Jesus changes in the course of this short event that’s recorded for us.
At first, Peter, the fisherman demonstrates his own knowledge and power and experience on the Sea of Galilee. “Uh, Jesus, we, the experienced businessmen, who make our living fishing have been out all night and they were not biting. They were not anywhere near our nets, but if you, Jesus, the carpenter-turned-rabbi tell us to launch out into the deep and try, try again, oh well, I guess we will honor you and give it a whirl! If you say so, Lord.”
You can sense Peter’s hesitation here, but after the Great Catch, after the Big Reveal, after the ship is nearly sinking because of the huge number of fish in the boat, Peter sounds a bit different. And what does he say?
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” (Luke 5:8)
His hesitation, his reluctance to do this has turned into humble adoration.
Life is different once you have seen Jesus, really seen Him. It sure was for Peter.
If you have never seen Jesus the way Peter saw Him, know this – Jesus is LORD!
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.