The Gospel According to St Luke: Luke Chapter Five: Read here:
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Jacopo Bassano
Jesus Taught from Simon’s Ship: Luke 5:1-3:
‘And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.’
Fishers of Men: Luke 5:4-11
‘Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon,
“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
‘And Simon answering said unto him,
“Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
‘And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
‘When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying,
“Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
‘For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon,
“Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.”
‘And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.’
Jesus told Simon to go out deeper and he’d get a great catch. Simon trusted the Lord and did it, even though he’d toiled the whole night and thought he knew better. How often do we think we know better, so we do not trust in the Lord and follow His instructions? Wouldn’t we be wiser if we were like Simon Peter? and said, “Okay, I’ll give it a try.”
If we have the faith to go a little deeper and even to launch out into the deep, and to be truer disciples ourselves, won’t we also be able to bring more souls unto Christ?”
Jesus Healed a Man with Leprosy: Luke 5:12-15:
‘And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying,
“Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”
‘And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying,
“I will: be thou clean.”
‘And immediately the leprosy departed from him’ (vs. 12-13).
I love this short interaction. The Lord knows our needs and He also knows our desires and our faith. He can match and exceed everything we have and give us so much more and make of us so much more. Shouldn’t we be willing to approach Him, and fall on our faces, even in our uncleanness, and allow Him to make us clean and whole?
Jesus can see every one of us, and if we seek Him, when shall find Him.
‘And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities’ (vs. 14-15).
The great things that Jesus did could not remain hidden.
Jesus Sought Time to Be Alone with His Father in Prayer: Luke 5:16:
‘And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.’
Pharisees Came from All Around to Observe Jesus: Luke 5:17:
‘And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.’
‘The power of the Lord was present to heal’ even the Pharisees and lawyers, but they would not hearken to what they heard or grasp the significance of what they observed. The Pharisees and Lawyers weren’t seeking Jesus to be healed, but they were trying to catch Him in some fault. But those who sought Him to be healed, were healed.
Jesus Forgave and Healed Man with Palsy: Luke 5:18-26:
‘And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
‘And when he saw their faith, he said unto him,
“Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”
‘And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying,
“Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”
‘But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them,
“What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?”
(Or in the JST: “Does it require more power to forgive sins than to make the sick rise up and walk?”)
“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,”
(he said unto the sick of the palsy,)
“I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”
‘And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
‘And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying,
“We have seen strange things to day.”
This may seem strange to some; but, to those who know it’s truth, it is wonderful. I have experienced the power of God in my life. While I was looking for healing from the sadness of the death of my infant son, I felt the Savior’s words, “Thy sins are forgiven thee,” and that was the greatest part of the healing from my sadness as well.
I need the forgiveness of my sins in order to live with God and Christ again, and in order to have my son Robby with me again. The power of the Priesthood of our God is very real, and Jesus whose atonement is infinite has the infinite power to heal us and forgive us our sins.
Jesus Called Levi (or Matthew) to Follow Him (See Matthew 9:9ff): Luke 5:27-28:
‘And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him,
‘And he left all, rose up, and followed him.’
Feast Given at Levi’s House: Luke 5:29-39:
‘And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
‘But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying,
“Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?”
‘And Jesus answering said unto them,
“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
‘And they said unto him,
“Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?”
‘And he said unto them,
“Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.”
Jesus was constantly on trial with the scribes and Pharisees. They picked apart everything they observed, trying to find fault with everything Jesus did.
Parables of The New and Old Garment and The New and Old Bottles: Luke 5:36-39:
‘And he spake also a parable unto them;
“No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
“No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.”’
The Pharisees and scribes were not ready to let go of the old law, originally given by the Lord to Moses and distorted by them. There were those teachings in the new law that were more pure and holy and full of compassion and love. They did not appeal to the Pharisees and scribes, nor did they appear to fit into their old law. Jesus was saying that it was not time to embrace the new, higher and fuller law, the gospel of Jesus Christ.