Spend Time on the Water

Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch

Luke 5:10
Isaiah 6:1-2,3-8; Psalm 138:1-5,7-8; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

In a popular television show called “Bassmasters,” there is a segment in which viewers are invited to ask questions about sport fishing. During one episode a viewer asked, “How can I become a professional fisherman?” The answer came from one of the show’s experts who answered simply: “spend time on the water.”

In the four Gospels, there are approximately fifty references to the water. Over-and-over again, the Gospel writers describe Jesus’ activities as being on the sea or the seashore. In Matthew’s Gospel alone, there are twenty such references. Here are just a few …

“As He was walking by the sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers … and said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt. 4:18-19).

Then He got into the boat, followed by His disciples. Without warning, a storm broke, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But He was asleep. So, they went to Him and woke Him saying,…

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