• Tony Birkhead

RED LETTERS Week-3



If we’ll take what we do and follow God in it, He will do what only He can do with it!

INTRODUCTION

So often we get caught in the mundane things of life thinking we’re not making a difference but when we allow Jesus into our lives, he can take what we do and do incredible things. He can use us to change lives if we’ll follow listen to what He says, humble ourselves, and follow Him.

KEY SCRIPTURE

Luke 5:1-11

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He 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. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So 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. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Have a volunteer read Luke 5:1-7.

Why did Jesus perform this particular miracle in the middle of His healing and teaching?

Why was Peter so quick to obey Jesus’ instruction?


Given the lack of success the fishermen had faced so far, how easy might it have been to grow hopeless? Why do you think they were willing to take Jesus at His word and obey His command?


What was the difference or differences between how Jesus saw the situation and how the fishermen viewed it? What situation in your life might you be seeing as a more hopeless that Jesus sees it?


Have another volunteer read Luke 5:8-11.

What did Jesus reveal to Peter through this miracle? How did Peter respond (v. 8)?


The fishermen immediately recognized the miraculous nature of this experience. Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ feet—a sign of submission and pleading. He addressed Jesus as Lord. Here, the Greek word indicates Simon was acknowledging Jesus’ authority. The presence of the Lord in His holiness brings recognition and conviction of personal sin. Simon asked Jesus to depart, not because he was afraid of Jesus’ power, but because Simon was aware he was a sinful man. Confronted with His holiness, many sinners want to avoid God. Simon’s acknowledgement of Jesus’ lordship was the result of the demonstration of Jesus’ power.


What do you think made the men leave behind everything they knew to follow Jesus?


Is there anything you would regret leaving behind should following Jesus require it? Why or why not?


What have you already left behind?


What hesitations might you have in obeying Christ’s call to you—not only to follow Him with your own life, but to invite all those around you to do the same?


In each of the stories from the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry, Luke emphasized Jesus’ authority and the powerful effect of His words. The prophecy from Isaiah 61:1-2 (quoted in Luke 4:18-19) was fulfilled in Jesus, and His actions and speech authenticated that He is the Messiah, and that He calls each of us to lay down our lives and follow Him as true fishers of men.


MOVING FORWARD

  • What worldly anxieties, desires or indulgences are you tempted to spend your time, effort and life on? How can you take one step this week to surrender those things in order to focus on others?

  • How can we as a group carry out the mission of God in our families, schools, communities and workplace this week?

PRAY TOGETHER

Ask God to help us listen to what He says, stay humble and follow Him.

COMMENTARY

Luke 5:1-11

5:1-3. This chapter of Luke illustrates responses of those who acknowledge Jesus and accept His authority. The first example features a defining moment for Simon Peter, James, and John as they responded to Jesus’ call by leaving everything to follow Him.

5:4. While addressing the crowd, Jesus had focused on teaching. When He finished speaking, He turned His attention to individuals. Jesus instructed Simon to move the vessel into deep water and there to lower the nets for a catch. At first glance we might think Jesus planned to repay Simon for use of the craft by giving the fisherman a large catch of fish. However, Jesus’ intention for Simon’s life was far greater.

5:5-6. Simon called Jesus Master. The Greek word translated Master is different from the word Peter used in verse 8 for “Lord.” The use of these two words marks the way Simon’s view of Jesus was affected by the miracle described in verses 6-7. Simon noted the fishermen had labored hard all night without results. Perhaps the men might have laughed if anyone else had told them how and where to fish. However, Simon’s obedience displayed his respect for Jesus’ authority. Imagine the fishermen’s surprise when they caught such a great number of fish that their nets were inadequate for the weight and began to tear. Until now, they may have cooperated more out of indulgence than belief that they would catch many fish by following Jesus’ instructions.

5:7-8. Even when the fishermen in the second boat joined the effort, so many fish were in both boats that they began to sink. The fish harvest was so great that it not only was too much for the nets but also over- whelmed the capacity of the small fishing boats common to the lake. The fishermen immediately recognized the miraculous nature of this experience. Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ knees, a sign of submission and pleading. He addressed Jesus as Lord. Here the Greek word indicates Simon was acknowledging Jesus’ authority. The presence of the Lord in His holiness brings recognition of personal sin. Simon asked Jesus to depart, not because he was afraid of Jesus’ power, but because Simon was aware he was a sinful man. Confronted with His holiness, many sinners want to avoid God.

5:10-11. Simon and his companions were not the only ones amazed. James and John, who had come up in the other boat (see v. 7), also responded with astonishment at the power of Christ. Luke identified James and John as Zebedee’s sons. The two would join Simon Peter in the inner circle of Christ’s followers. When the fishermen obeyed Jesus’ instructions (and at least Simon Peter probably did so reluctantly), they caught more fish than their nets or boats could handle. Simon then recognized and acknowledged Jesus as the Lord. Although Jesus’ invitation was addressed to Simon, it obviously was also meant for James and John. Luke noted the inclusiveness of the response in the plural pronoun they. Simon and his crew in one boat and James and John in the second boat brought the boats to land. Partners in commercial fishing, these three along with Andrew were to become partners in following Jesus.

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