Early in the morning (while it was still dark) he rose up, went out… departed into an uninhabited place, and prayed there. When it was day, the multitudes looked for him. Simon (and those who were with him) followed after him. They found him, and told him, “Everyone is looking for you.” They held on to him (so that he wouldn’t go away from them), but he said to them, “Let’s go elsewhere into the next towns. I must preach the good news of God’s Kingdom to the other cities also (for this reason I have been sent).”
Now while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
He entered into one of the boats (which was Simon’s), and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night and took nothing… but at your word I will let down the net.”
When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish and their net was breaking. They beckoned to their partners in the other boat that they should come and help them. They came and filled both boats so that they began to sink. But Simon Peter (when he saw it) fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man Lord.” For he was amazed (and all who were with him) at the catch of fish which they had caught… and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive.” When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
Source Text Prioritization:
- Mark 1:35-39
- Luke 4:42 – 5:11