And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
The story of Peter in the boat with Jesus is not about how many fishes he caught. The story is about how Peter realised Jesus was a holy man. In fact the Messiah himself. It’s a very interesting story. Note Peter asked Jesus to leave. He said “depart from me I’m a sinful man”. So often in out preaching we tell people that God hates sin and thus would distant himself from sinners. Note here the sinner asks the saviour to leave.
What is Jesus’s response? “Come”. Shocked? It is an invitation to fellowship. Why? “I will make you a fisher of men”.
It’s about what he will make to be and not who you think you really are. Sin does not separate God from you. It wants to separate you from God. Now hear this. Any preaching that separates you from God does not come from the Spirit. It comes from sin.
Understand Jesus did not come to start a religion. He came to end it. According to Jesus all religion leads to death. The way to God is not through religion. It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All religions teaches you to be good. Usually it is through works and when it’s not good enough… Sacrifice.
God sacrificed Himself to tell you it’s nonsense.
Notice Jesus was still in the boat despite Peter asking him to leave. Sin is afraid of Jesus. It’s not the other way around.
The teaching of grace “leading to sin is a nonsensical one.” You were born a sinner. That’s why you need grace. If you were born righteous, you don’t need grace at all. You don’t need a license to be who you were born to be.
Peter knew deep in his core, he was an evil man. Yet, Jesus came to bring him out of a religion base on works to a relationship base on grace. That’s how you get people to drop everything to follow Jesus.
And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.