“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’
Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
Have you ever wondered why Peter was astonished by the fish?
Sure, part of it may have been the great number and weight of the fish. But, there is more to it than that.
What has Jesus just revealed?
Apparently Jesus knows where large schools of fish hide during the day in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus knows a secret that can make him incredibly wealthy very quickly. At least, this is what Simon probably thinks.
Simon’s entire life has been about finding and catching enough fish to make a living for his family. What Jesus has just revealed to him is something he has only ever dreamed of finding.
So, what is Peter astonished by?
Jesus knows the secret of acquiring massive wealth very quickly. And yet, he lives as a rabbi traveling from town to town teaching his message when he could be the owner of a large estate, paying others to tend his vineyards. Peter is faced by a man who apparently cares more about God and people than he does about acquiring wealth. Jesus’ life shook Peter’s priorities to their core. How does he respond?