Deep Water Luke 5: 1-11

Luke 5: 1-11   Message

5 1-3 Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd.

4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”

5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.

8-10 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon.

10-11 Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.


In 1992, Country Singing Artist, Kathy Mettea released a single titled   —          Knee Deep in a River, and Dying of Thirst.

The lyrics talk of how one misses out on life because of overlooking the positive that is all around …

Standing in the shallows, when the good things in life are found in the deeper water…

The writer of LUKE shares a story about fishermen coming up empty after fishing all night and about a carpenter, who commandeers a boat, preaches a sermon, and tells the fishermen where the fish are.

After hundreds of pounds of fish are finally caught,

a fisherman, Simon,

immediately resigns from fishing and starts fishing for people.


Why does this story hold such an important lesson?

What is Jesus teaching here?


Jesus approaches exhausted and frustrated fishermen who were trying to get their nets repaired, their gear stowed and get home for some food and sleep.

Jesus, a carpenter, climbs into Simon’s boat, and instructs him to move the boat out into the shallows… there he taught the crowd that was following him…

Simon obeyed… and I would imagine he continued to work on his net as he listened to Jesus.

When Jesus finished, he instructed Simon to row the boat farther out into deeper water, and let down his net again.

Simon almost makes this mistake.  He tells Jesus in that exasperated tone, “Hey, we’ve been fishing all night.  We know fish.  The fish don’t run in the day.  Aren’t you a carpenter moonlighting as a preacher anyway?”

Simon was tired and even though he respected Jesus, he knew it was a wasted effort to fish in the daytime. He knew more about fishing than a carpenter.

Don’t we also respond like Simon when we hear God instruct us to move into deeper waters?

Do we argue with God that it is pleasant in the shallows…

I can see the bottom in the shallows …

I am comfortable in the shallows….

BUT God calls us into deeper waters

love our enemies…. Feed the hungry… clothe the poor…. GIVE abundantly…. Visit the homeless…forgive extravagantly….and live a life of abundance….

But the deep water is dark —

It is over our heads

It takes faith and courage

And it is in the deep water that we CATCH what God has for us…


Sadly, many who claim to follow Jesus never venture farther than the shallows.

They remain in a safe place, cast their nets, and wonder why the nets come back empty.


Moving into deep waters requires us pull up our anchor keeping us in place and to turn over our control to God.

After a while, as we move deeper and deeper, we are in over our heads and moving around place to place unrestrained … with our nets out…

And soon are filled with blessings


What is the miracle of this story?

Some say it is the net full of fish…

Is it?

Or is the miracle that Simon decided that God was God?

Just look at what Simon says before the miracles begin to happen, “But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.

When Simon obeyed Jesus to go into deeper waters… is when Simon began to understand that God was God.

When God instructs us into deep water…

Do we hesitate to answer?

Do we linger in the shallows?

There was a cartoon in the New Yorker magazine with the following caption:

“This morning opportunity knocked at           my door,

but by the time I pushed back the bolt,

turned the two locks,

unlatched the chain, and

shut off the alarm system it was gone.”

Let us pray –

Spirit Creator – we are listening… we are ready for deep water… Amen

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FROM THE PULPIT (Omaha World Herald ——- I Can See Clearly, Now

In Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth he wrote: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

Remember how frustrating it is to drive when the windshield is fogged up? Have you bristled at waiting for the bathroom mirror to clear after a hot shower? On Tuesday, I was shoveling snow and my warm breath escaped through my scarf and fogged my glasses, and I could not see where I was shoveling. Have you ever been in the Majestic Theatre and have the movie start, only to realize it is out of focus? We want to see the world around us clearly and in focus, so we wear prescription glasses or contacts, have tinted windows to prevent glare and wear dark glasses protect our eyes from the sun.

Paul was saying that although there are things in this world and about God we cannot understand, or see clearly; one day we will be face to face with God, and know all things as God knows all things now.

Elders tell young people to be patient, because one day when they are older they will understand. We all have a little two year old in us that asks why of everything. Why is there war? Why do animals suffer? Why do babies die? Why is there pain? Scripture assures us that someday all things will be made clear, and will finally make sense. There is an old gospel hymn that says “trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand…we will understand it better by and by.” Until then, Paul also reminds us that we walk by faith and not by sight.