Vs. 10, “…Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men“ Jesus would now permanately call Peter, Andrew, James & John. Their bountiful catch of fish would be indicative of what Jesus had in store for them in terms of being fishers of men. We are also reminded of the healing of the Leper and Jesus’ loving/healing touch upon him (vs. 12-15). As Jesus healed the paralytic, He would proclaim his sins were forgiven…and that was monumental because only God can forgive. This was just another example of Jesus’ claim that He truly was the Son of God.
Regarding application…Old Vs. New. Vs. 37, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.” Jesus gives us a descriptive example of the old life vs. the new life. Jesus did not come to simply put a “Band-aid” on our lives. He came to give us a new life completely. I shared to the youth group recently how I was so blessed many of them are getting rid of their secular music. When I got rid of mine at 16…I slowly reverted back to collecting and buying more secular music. I had turned back to my old way of life and had forgotten that God intended me to live a new way. Sometimes we live this life looking back at the things we once did. But look at what happens to the new wine when poured into old wineskings from vs. 37! Let’s make sure we are pouring out our lives into the new life God has intended for us!