Jesus Always Overwhelms with His Kindness
Luke 5:5 (ESV) … “And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”
The Lord then instructed Simon (‘Peter’) to ‘launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch’ (v. 4). This may have seemed foolish to the fisherman, since the best time for catching fish—the night—had passed and there were no fish to show for it. Yet Simon submitted: ‘Nevertheless at your word …’ (v. 5). Mary had learnt this lesson a few days before when she said to servants at a wedding in Cana, ‘Whatever he says to you, do it’ (John 2:5). However uncomfortable the commands of Christ may sound, let those who claim to follow him be swift to obey his voice.
The great catch that followed nearly ruined a net and almost sank two ships! Simon’s reaction to this astounding miracle seems strange. He fell down and said, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ (v. 8). There is something totally overwhelming about the moment when a sinner comes face to face with the kindness and power of the Lord.
Everyone who witnessed this miracle was astonished. The Lord called James, John and Simon to follow him: ‘Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men’ (v. 10). With that, they brought their boats to shore, ‘forsook all and followed him’. In just a few words, Luke describes what for some people seems unthinkable—to leave those closest to us and live with no certain means of sustenance and support.
 Childress, G. (2006). Opening up Luke’s Gospel (pp. 45–46). Leominster: Day One Publications.