I love the way that Jesus calls those early disciples. It’s all so breathtaking and surprising. When we look at Luke’s account of call of Peter, it’s in the context of a miraculous catch of fish. What joy to be welcomed by Jesus! I mean, sometimes we get the impression that following Jesus is all work and no play. There in Luke, Peter is called admits splashing water and sea breezes. It’s as if Jesus were telling us that when we are around Jesus, we can dip our nets…our lives…into his water and pull up abundant life!
The story of Peter catching miraculous fish is a preview of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a hint at what is to come as Jesus demonstrates his lordship over creation and defeats the powers of death. This Jesus, who is master of the Word, is also Jesus the master of the deep. We who so often feel powerless over the negative forces in our lives, so impotent in the face of illness and failure and death, are thrilled to witness the unveiled, magical strength of Jesus.
I know, I know…we are still in the season of Epiphany. Easter is several weeks away. Still, even though Jesus’ resurrection is a long way off, any time you are working the night shift with Jesus, be prepared for an outbreak of Easter. As we recall the early days of Jesus’ recruitment of disciples, we witness what it’s like to be astounded by the death-defying Jesus, moving all of us from failure to triumph. It’s wonderful!!
Peace, Pastor Gary