THE MIRACLES OF JESUS
FIRST MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH (LUKE 5:1-11)
I apologize for not submitting an article in the past year, but with dealing with my father’s death, and my family’s move, I have not been mentally able to write. However, I am now able to settle down to my writing, and will be doing “The Miracles of Jesus” again.
The first miraculous catch of fish, covered in Luke 5:1-11, is the first miracle of Jesus not recorded in John. Simon Peter, James, and John had been fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee, which Luke (in his classical style) calls The Lake of Gennesaret. However, they caught nothing. (As a fisherman, I know how that feels!) The next day, Peter was on the shore cleaning his fishing nets. At this time, Jesus was in Capernaum preaching to the people. The crowd was pressing around Him and listening to everything that He said. He was standing by the Sea of Galilee, when He saw Peter and the sons of Zebedee (James and John). He saw two boats on the shore, and got into the one that belonged to Peter. Jesus told Peter to put out a little way from shore, and from there He preached to the people.
When Jesus had finished teaching, He said to Peter, “Put out onto the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4.) Peter told Him that they had worked hard all night and had caught nothing. But, because Jesus told him to cast his nets, Peter obeyed. It should be pointed out that when Peter addressed Jesus in verse 5, He is called Master. Luke is the only gospel where Jesus is called “Master.”
When Peter cast out the nets, TONS of fish were caught in them! There were so many fish, the nets began to break! Peter signaled to James and John, who were in the other boat, to come and help him with the fish. When the boats were filled up, they began to sink They caught THAT MANY FISH!
When Peter saw the boat sinking, he fell down at Jesus’ feet and said, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (v.8) Peter, James, and John were completely amazed at what had happened.
Jesus then told them, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” (v.10) When they got back to shore, Peter, James, and John left everything and followed Jesus. They would become three of the twelve disciples.
Next time, I will write about Jesus’ miracle of delivering a synagogue demoniac (Mark 8:14-15; Luke 4:31-36).
“And they, after worshipping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.” -Luke 24:52-53
God bless you.
Dedicated to the memory of my father, Eddie Richard Qualls, 1946-1998.
Sources: All The Miracles Of The Bible, By Herbert Lockyer; NASV