Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
February 4, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<318> Thesis: Jesus' provision of the largest catch of fish in the history of fishing the "Lake" was designed to reveal His ability to produce Life from Death. Introduction: According to Luke's record, Jesus was sent to enable the blind to see (this is the core of His message in Nazareth). According to Luke's record, the exorcism of demons and the healing of the sick were the twin procedural elements to the opening of blind eyes. Having laid this foundation, Luke records Jesus' dealings with Simon, the fisherman. In these dealings, the net result (pardon the pun) was that Peter abandoned "fishing for fish" so that he might become a "fisher of men". The major question is this: what did Peter see in Jesus that moved him to abandon his entire form of life in order to become a major player in Jesus' vision of the future? According to Luke's record, the answer is in the event that is before us this morning.