Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We looped back towards Capernaum, following the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret, a.k.a the Sea of Galilee. A huge crowd gathered and was pressing around Jesus, listening to him teach.
Jesus noticed a familiar face, Simon, who was washing his nets beside his boat with Andrew. Without a word, he climbed into Simon’s boat. Then he asked him to put out a short distance so that the crowd had room and could hear him.
Then he sat down and taught from the boat, the cove’s acoustics allowing his voice to carry far. When he finished, he turned to Simon Peter’s crew and the few of us, saying, “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.”
They took us out into the lake and let down the dragnet. Peter and Andrew began to pull it in.
“I can hardly move it!”
“Is it stuck on something?”
We began to help as the net came to the surface. It was full of fish and began snapping. Wildly, Peter waved and called for his partners, James and John, to bring the other boat. They would have to fix the net before they could fish again, and it could be expensive.
Between the two boats, we got it in. Both were filled with fish. Andrew said they had never had a catch like that before.
Simon’s response was different.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Looking back, I think Simon began to realize who he was standing in front of before the rest of us did. He knew he didn’t deserve that catch. I mean, Jesus called him, and he left us with Andrew in tow. As did his partners, James and John.
Surely Jesus was going to chew him out for it.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
We got to shore, they left the boats, effectively giving up the fishing business, and followed Jesus. As fishermen, they were a bit better off than other workers. There was money in it.
But they gave it up…to follow Jesus when he called.