There are three scenes in the Bible that depict the catching of very great multitude of fish. All three scenes are in the presence of the Lord Himself, who is the way, the truth and the life. He gives life wherever He goes. He attracts the fishes. (John 6:2) Even the dead will live. The sea is the world and the fishes are men. Jesus expects His disciples to do the same as He did, be fishers of men.
There are three keys for the disciples to become a good fisher of men:
1. The waters of life flow to the sea. Jesus’ living water flow to where healing is needed.
2. The disciples must go where they can spread their nets and Jesus has promised and demonstrated that there will be exceedingly many to give life to.
3. The presence of Jesus must be acknowledged by the disciples.
Scene One: The prophet Ezekiel saw in a vision the healing waters flowing from under the threshold of the temple…
The Lord told him that When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. The fishermen will stand by the appointed places to spread their nets, and the fish there will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.
(Ezekiel 47:1, 8-10)
Scene Two: Jesus told Simon Peter to launch out into the deep. Despite Peter’s anticipation and even proclamation of foreseeable failure based on physical experience, he obeyed. He caught a great number of fish and their net was breaking!
Peter’s famous statement of obedience: “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
Jesus’ famous calling to His disciples: “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
The first group of disciples’ famous response to Jesus: “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” (Luke 5:4-11)
Scene Three: After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Simon Peter and others went back to their former profession as fishermen. History repeated as they again faced the defeat and futility any fishermen would encounter against nature.
“…and that night they caught nothing.”
But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore…He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
…Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.
Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish…This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. (John 21:1-14)
Where is the living water today? How to receive this living water? The Holy Spirit is the Living Water. We can receive by asking from God. We can find the answer below from what Jesus says.
John 6:63 (Jesus said to His disciples), “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her (a Samaritan woman), “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.