TRUST: Fishermen Fish and Shepherds Attend


In the matter of The Basis of Trust, I contend that is founded upon believing wholeheartedly who He is, His character, what He has said, His Word, and what He has done, His wonderful works. God stitches who He is with what He has said and done to help man have faith in Him.

Perhaps, there is no greater example that shows how all three work in concert than the comparison of two separate events that reveal TRUST: Fishermen Fish and Shepherds Attend. In Luke 5 and John 21, we have such a comparison. At an initial reading, one may think that these are the same event written by two different disciples/apostles. That would be a mistake and an error. In Luke 5, we see Jesus at the initial phase of His ministry as calls His first disciples. There, He uses what they normally do, fish, to teach them His intentions. Jesus teaches and proclaims the Word there among the fishermen and the people gathered to hear Him. Then, Jesus demonstrates His power or His wonderful works. Peter and his partners had fished all night but caught nothing. Jesus tells them to cast their net. They obey. Then, “they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.” They follow His direction and caught a “boat-load” of fish. Then, He promises the fishermen to make them fishers of men, so they “left everything and followed him.” TRUST: Fishermen Fish and Shepherds Attend. In the kingdom of God, fishermen proclaim the Word of God resulting in some men/women giving their lives to God through Christ Jesus. We call that evangelism. The disciples saw that they would follow Jesus to call people to follow God through Jesus.

In John 21, we see Jesus after the end of His earthly ministry not the beginning. Actually, we see the third account where the risen Christ appears to disciples and people. Similarly to Luke 5, Peter and companions are out fishing and have caught nothing. Jesus tells them ““Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish” The disciples realize that it was Jesus who told them to fish at a particular place. Again, they hear the Word of Jesus. Obey the Word then are amazed at the wonderful works or power of Jesus to allow them to catch fish. After that, Jesus engaged Peter asking him if He loved Him. He told Peter to “Feed my lambs”, “Take care of my sheep” and finally to “Feed my sheep”. This conferred to Peter Jesus approval of him in Jesus’ ministry on earth after He ascended as well as a transition from calling men to caring for men. To evangelize, one calls people to follow God through Christ; however, to shepherd, one calls people to disciplieship where they give their lives to caring for and looking after the needs of those believers to build them up. The Shepherd is the Pastor. This is how shepherds attend to the lambs and sheep. TRUST: Fishermen Fish and Shepherds Attend

If you call yourself a follower of Christ, God has said to you  TRUST: Fishermen Fish and Shepherds Attend. He, Jesus that is, expects us to tell people about Him and to care for people by teaching them what we know about Him. While we all are not called to be Shepherds or Pastors, we all are called to share and teach about Christ.

What will you do? Will you be like the disciples who heard God, obeyed God and saw the wonders of God’s work? Will you disobey and be disappointed in who you have become and what you have gained – nothing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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