Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to actual witnesses of Jesus’ ministry and ask them what convinced them to believe in Jesus? Well, we can do something like that, at least in the case of Simon Peter. If you asked Peter why he believed in Jesus, he would say, “Fish, a lot of fish.” The story is told in Luke chapter 5. Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee. He climbed into Peter’s boat to get a little distance from the crowd. Then he taught the crowds on shore from the boat. When Jesus finished, he asked Peter to head out and drop the fishing nets. Peter was reluctant. He’d been out all night and had caught nothing. I’m sure he wanted breakfast and a nap! But Peter did it anyway. And he drew in such huge load of fish they needed two boats! And the boats were so full of fish they began to sink!
Verses 8-11 tell us the rest of the story. “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” (NIV)
I hope that as you hear of Jesus’ miracles, you will also follow him!
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