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. Luke 5:10
Jesus came to call and relocate us from the low and lowly
place to a high and noble place. He came to give us glory, color and honor.
Prior to Peter’s encounter with Jesus, Peter encounter loss and wasted time and
venture. According to Peter himself, “…we
have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I
will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5 KJV). Peter and his team had labored,
worked and groan under the burden and hardship of long harrowing night without
result until Jesus the Lord of Glory met with them.
The story of Peter and his team clearly depicts the
distressing and disturbing limitation of human effort barring the interaction
with the presence and partnership of the Great God. Man will always labor
without result. This must wear out and wear off anyone, but Jesus has a greater
and nobler call to everyone who will heed his call and partner with Him. He
came to bring us to Glory.
Jesus came to introduce and relocate us to a life of honor,
full of glory. In the reference context; Peter and others “were gone out of them and were washing their nets.”
(Luke 5:2). They had concluded the day’s event and
were wrapping up. They were washing their nets, had concluded and completed the
fishing circle for the day and were about to retire until they met Jesus that
good day and He said; “Launch out into
the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”(Luke 5:4 KJV) At that remark, Jesus was not unclear or
uncertain of the outcome of Peter’s reliance on the Word.
The glory of the saints is relying on the Word of God. We
must understand that The Word of God is not a remark or mere comment, it is not
a wish or desire; it is exactly what it is. The Word of God creates what God
says. Praise the Lord. Gaining this
truth must motivate us to seek God’s Word and desire Him to speak to us on any
and every life’s concern or subject. Because once God speaks; it is done as He
says. Jesus would afterwards call Peter to a greater call and venture of
catching men. This is a call to honor to partner with God in sharing the
glorious gospel and bringing men into the glorious and blessed kingdom of God.
Sure, it is good to be under God. Would you consider this
“good” place and be free, exempted and let off the lower abyss of the wicked
devil where labor and toil exist? We can choose. After all Peter, James and
John chose also to follow Jesus to get to that high mountain apart by
themselves…come apart also, follow Jesus and He will take you to High points of
Life, full and resplendent of color and Glory. It is a call to glory to serve
the True and Living God. Arise and shine…they
forsook all and followed him.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Luke 15:22 KJV
Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high
place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to
elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible
says, “…and we shall reign with him on the
earth”Rev. 5:10. It is important
and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our
salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.
Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a
tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature
of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than
the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to
have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his
feet,” (Psalm 8:4-8 NKJV). Notice,
Man was made, fashioned, created to have
dominion over…all things. This was the
status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and
restore Man to glory and honor.
We must understand what the fall of Man represents to gain
truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under
God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected
a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.
Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and
honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims
of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the
scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was
captured and decapitated, left without color or color. Man became abysmally
lost and depraved …but for God.
So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign
and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing
decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible
in a “figure” says; “Jesus took Peter, James,
and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2). The terrain and influence of God’s governance
in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…”far
above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is
named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this
God did when he made us
alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).
When the prodigal son returned, he was restored. The best
robe was put on him replete of glory and honor. Ring was put on his hand
restoring his authority and shoe on his feet restoring his influence and
impact. Arise and return.