Luke 5:1–11 (NKJV)
1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.
3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.
7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
[A short excerpt from last Sunday’s sermon]
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22–24, ESV)
Ever since Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden, the great desire of their descendents has to be get into the garden, but without God. But because of sin, we don’t want to do it God's way. We want the garden without God.
And so the history of the world is people trying to make this world a paradise, without repentance or faith, and without living in submission to God. We've tried to create a garden of our own.
The great philosophers of this world, and the great political movements promise a utopia, a paradise on earth, but you can't have a paradise without God. The problems of our world come because of sin. What we need is to be reconciled to God. There is no paradise without reconciliation with God. There is no utopia this side of heaven.
This is true of your life as well. There is no paradise without repentance and faith.
What did Jesus Christ do? He entered into the wilderness in order to bring us back to the presence of God. Think about it: He was willing to leave God’s presence to get us and bring us back to God.
Jesus speaks about it in John 14:2-3,
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Do you see what he's saying there? He will bring us back into the presence of God. The very thing that Adam lost is the thing that Jesus Christ came to restore.
One thing that strikes me as I read this passage is how Adam was able to make his decisions, how he was able to exercise his free will, but in the end, he was not able to choose the consequences of his actions. It’s the same with us. We make our choices, but others choose our consequences.
In the same way, you might be frustrated with the decisions that you have made. Maybe you realize the consequences of the decisions that you've made are too much for you to bear. Your life can be a mess of bad consequences.
What should you do? Look for the thread of grace. With Adam, it looked that all was lost. But it wasn't. God promised a redeemer (Gen 3:15), alluded to children (Gen 3:16), and indicated that they would still have productive (even if difficult) work (Gen 3:17-19).
You also need to remember not all is lost. Remember how God showed grace even to Adam in the garden. And He'll show grace to you, if you humble yourself, if you look to Christ by faith, there is grace for your future if you just believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
How will that happen? How do we get back into the presence of God? listen to what Jesus says in
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We look to him to be that bridge.