We were reflecting on the first chapter of Mark tonight at Bible Study. I was thinking through the story of Jesus calling the fishermen to come and follow him and he would teach them to fish for people instead.
I reflected forward to the story where after the crucifixion, Peter and John decided to go fishing once again. Jesus appears to them from the shore, asks if they had caught any fish, upon being told “No,” he tells them to throw their nets on the other side of the boat, which they did, and they caught such a large net full, that it threatened to swamp their boat.
I was reminded that this happened to them when Jesus first called them to come and follow him and they up, left their nets and followed him. The revelation hit me. We are talking about seasoned fishermen. They knew their waters. They knew their fishing grounds. Technically, it wouldn’t really matter which side of the boat you let your nets down, as the fish swim under the boat.
In this episode, Jesus actually taught these seasoned fishermen how to fish. He taught these seasoned fishermen where they could catch fish. And not only did he teach them how to do it, he proved to them, through their catching the fish, that he was more of an expert then they were.
And within this framework of him able to teach them to be better at what they already knew they could do, they could trust him to teach them to do what they didn’t know what to do just as well, and hence they could leave their nets and follow him.