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.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:8-11 ESV)
Jesus had just instructed Peter to put his nets out, even though he and his fishing partners had failed to catch any fish all night. But they did and Peter realizes that this man must be the Lord. It is an astonishing realization that others were unwilling to make. But this particular miracle was performed in order to “catch” Peter and his companions. Jesus was fishing, you see. After seeing that Jesus is the Lord, he calls them to follow him, which they did leaving everything behind, even their lifetime jobs! We too are called to become fishers of men as we go out with the innocence of a dove and the shrewdness of a serpent to tell others about Jesus.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Jg 22, Acts 26, Jer 36, Lk 5