Re:Verse reading–Luke 5:1-11 (day three)
“Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Peter is convinced of his own sinful state because Jesus…is the better fisherman? Clearly there’s more going on here than a demonstration of superior net-casting techniques. The sense of the passage is that Peter has also been listening to Jesus’s teaching. And that teaching consisted of unalloyed, unmitigated, unprecedented good news. God’s compassion for people regardless of rank or station? Check. The eternal nature of life in God’s kingdom now open to all who will receive it? Check. News doesn’t get any better. Or does it? Jesus’s fishing instructions extend the concerns of the kingdom of God from spiritual realities by and by to material realities here and now. No longer is there religious life and regular life. There’s just life, and Jesus is trustworthy in all of it.