Episode 4

John the Baptist (played by David Amito) is introduced in this episode.  At this point, John has been arrested for the first time.  The Pharisees have become nervous about John's radical preaching and baptizing all that come to him...except the Jewish authority whom he refers to as a "brood of vipers". Lucky for us, John had already met Jesus and baptized Him in the river Jordan.  The Spirit had descended as a dove and it was the beginning of Christ's public ministry.  Click here to read Matthew 3 to learn more about this event and who John the Baptist was.

Gospel of Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him 

to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' Simon answered, 'Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.' When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, 'Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!' For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.' When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Question

The long fishless night on the sea of Galilee amplified the meeting of Jesus and Simon (Peter) in the morning. Have you experienced Jesus making himself present after a dark time in your life?