- Sermon Notes
Stranded in deep water.Have you ever been called to more in your relationship and walk with Jesus, made a mistake and felt stranded with nowhere to go?
Or had moments of great faith followed by difficulties in walking out that faith and understanding Gods heart for you?
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Peter and the other disciples in this story had previously been called by Jesus to leave their fishing nets behind and follow him.
- Jesus had told his disciples to meet him in Galilee (Matt. 28:10). They followed his instructions by going to Galilee and then waited.
- While waiting, Peter decided to go fishing and the other disciples with him chose to join. These 7 disciples fished all night and caught nothing.
- While the realization of this failed fishing trip was setting in, Jesus calls out to these disciples; “Children, you do not have any fish do you?” (vs. 5).
- He then tells them to cast their net on the right hand side of the boat and they would find a catch.
- After following his instructions, they haul in a large catch, realizing that this man they are looking to on the shore is the Lord.
- After the failed night of fishing, likely tired, they see to the Lord on the shore.
- Looking down at the net full of fish they were immediately reminded of when they first met Jesus. John quickly said to them, “it is the Lord.”
- This was a familiar circumstance.
Luke 5:1-11 When they first met Jesus
- Peter and the disciples had gone back to what they knew and were once good at. But things were different now.
App – Reverting back to what I knew on the basketball court.
- Jesus came to transform their failure and remind them that his presence in their lives had changed everything.
- With nothing to show for their night of fishing, Jesus calls out to them in order to transform their failure.
- Sometimes the Lord allows us to fail in order show us our error in judgement and to correct our course.
- I made a poor decision consciously that I never made again.
- Good would come out of failure for the disciples. This would come with a greater understanding that the Lord was at work and in control.
- As a follower of Christ it is critical to not allow mistakes, difficulties, or failure dictate your next steps. Rather, allow Jesus to guide your future, he will transform.
- Jesus instructed the disciples to cast their net on the right hand side of the boat in order to find a catch.
- He was opening their eyes to see him, to bring them back. He was at work and this was a critical hour.
- The disciples needed God to direct their next step, to understand that his call was still on their lives.
- For us today, his call remains intact, despite where you have gone or what you have gone back to, Jesus is on the shore and calling out, “how is it going out there?”
- God transforms failure and he will direct your path.
- Jesus had not forgotten his appeal to the disciples, he had directed them to leave their nets.
- If they were successful on this fishing trip without Jesus matters would only be confused. He was calling them back.
- The disciples responded to Jesus instruction and cast their net on the other side which brought in a great catch and changed not only the course of their next several hours, but their lives.
- After the great catch, Peter jumps out of the boat to swim towards the shore as others pull in the catch behind their boat.
- Jesus has a charcoal fire and breakfast for them all to share.
- Jesus then has a private conversation with Peter. Peter had a need for restoration.
- Peter previously made great promises to Jesus and failed significantly, rejecting Jesus three times. On that night, he wept bitterly and was full of remorse.
- Throughout our lives, we understand what it means to fail and it is critical that we know the heart of God when we do.
- Remember that he persists in his love and does not reject those he has chosen.
- In failure, many feel unworthy and might be willing to give up, rather than giving their future to the Jesus.
- God’s love remains despite your situation, his love persists in order to remove the cloud of shame, guilt or failure. Jesus extends his grace.
- What had taken place between Peter and Jesus had to be addressed, it could not go unspoken.
- Jesus sought Peter, to restore him, to show his heart to him and point him back to the calling on his life.
- When they had finished breakfast Jesus addresses Peter directly by asking, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
- Jesus starts with asking Peter “do you agape me more than these?” Then, “do you agape me?” Lastly, “Simon, son of John, do you phileo me?” (vs. 15-17).
- Peter responded yes each time, but responded with “phileo” rather than “agape.”
- Jesus came down to level of love Peter would allow.
- To the degree with which we make ourselves available to the Lord, he will be available.
- Peter was hurt when the Lord came down to his level but was not ready to rise to the level Jesus was speaking of.
- Peter, once quite zealous, rash and impulsive, shows great uncertainty to respond with agape love.
- Jesus did not just ask once, he restored Peter’s previous denial by asking him three times if he loved.
- Each time Jesus asked Peter to affirm his love, Jesus then told Peter, “Tend my lambs,” “Shepherd My sheep” and “tend my sheep.”
- He was asking Peter to love him supremely.
- In other words, Peter, if you love me, don’t go back to fishing, care for those I love; my call remains.
- Here was our Lord, walking with Peter, seeking him, bringing him back from failure and restoring him to the calling on his life.
- When Jesus calls you to follow him, he wants you to follow without comparing to others.
- We can' be worried about what others are doing, or what they aren’t doing, but remain faithful in the calling he has given each of us. To trust him with our lives.
John 21:1-22 NASB