Why “Into the Deep”?
Our blog title “Into the Deep” comes from the biblical passage Luke 5, which God brought to our attention during early days of this journey. Luke 5 tells the account of Jesus calling his first disciples to follow him. The crowds were pressing in on Jesus, eager to hear his teachings by the lake of Gannesaret. We are told that Simon Peter was a fisherman, washing his nets at the time, done for the day. Jesus got into Simon’s fishing boat, pushed just off the shore and taught the crowds. After teaching, Jesus told Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (vs.4). Simon explains, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets” (vs.5). Following Simon’s seemingly doubtful obedience, they caught such a tremendous number of fish that their nets were breaking and the boat began to sink. Their partners came with another boat to help, which was also filled to such capacity that it began to sink. Simon Peter was overwhelmed, falling down at Jesus’ knees exclaiming “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” He and his partners then left everything and followed Jesus (vs.11).
Despite Simon’s doubt in Jesus’ instructions, he was willing to obey. It was after his active obedience that he experienced the miraculous power of Jesus Christ. His reaction was then one of fear and humility, for he had finally seen in full who Jesus really was.
Likewise, for us, much of our Christian lives have been defined by learning “on the shores.” We have spent countless hours in spiritual mental exercise, theological debate, bible studies and church functions. While these endeavors definitely serve an important role, at some point we all have to “put out into the deep” and follow Jesus with active obedience. It is only then that we will fully experience the power of the living Christ.