WHO IS JESUS? We continue to read Luke. In chapter 5 we see that Jesus is concerned with the depth and not the shallow.
An encounter with Jesus means an encounter that stirs the deepest part of our soul. Peter feels it and he fells down before Jesus, discarding all his professional pride and social esteem as a well proficient experienced fishing leader.
An encounter with Jesus results in both outer and inner healing and restoration to wholeness, body, soul and spirit. One’s sickness is healed, conscience cleansed, sin forgiven. Indeed, Jesus gives every believer a new birth, born again by the Spirit of God.
An encounter with Jesus exposes and separates the superficial traditional religious formality and the real worship in spirit and in truth in a person’s efforts to please God.
The Holy Spirit reveals the truth to us in God’s words: launch out into the deep.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bible verses from Luke 5 (in parts)
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So 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. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.
20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
33 Then they said to Him, “Why do[c] the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”
34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”
36 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one;[d] otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.