Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men. (Luke 5:10) The catch Peter was experiencing in the natural world was nothing compared to the great harvest he would reap in the spirit world as he became a fisher of men. A similar incident is recorded at the end of Christ's ministry in John 21 . The disciples had fished all night and caught nothing. At Christ's command they cast in the net and, once again, it was filled with fish . But this time was different than the first . The net did not break: Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three; and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. (John 21:11) These two events actually happened in the natural world, but they were parallels of a great spiritual truth . The first time the net broke but the second time it did not. What made the difference? The first net was an example of the efforts of man. Peter was a fisherman by trade. He knew the natural methods and the tradition of fishermen. Through the broken net Jesus showed him that the efforts of man could not fulfill the vision and work of God. When Peter realized the great work to which God was calling him he cried out: Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (Luke 5:8) Peter would become a fisher of men. The old network could not accommodate the great spiritual harvest. Peter would have to abandon the traditions of man. He must cross the line of separation between Jew and Gentile. The old network must be broken and he must become part of a new network . Jesus did not come to destroy the old, but to fulfill it through the new . He did not destroy the law, but added new meaning to it. He did not abolish the blood sacrifice for sin, but fulfilled it through the shedding of His own blood for the remission of sin. Jesus warned about putting new wine into old wineskins. The old wineskins would not be able to hold the new wine just as the net could not hold the fish. The challenge of the Great Commission cannot be accomplished with anything less than a new net in the spirit world. Between the first and the second fishing trips, a new network had been created. natural fishing incidents were parallels of what had happened in the spirit world.
This new spiritual network can accommodate the vision which Jesus gave. But to enter it, one must step from the old into the new. The old yoke must be broken. The old net must be 96
Becoming A Visionary Christian