Last week, we looked at Jesus opening sermon at his hometown with his introduction of Jubilee. We learned that Jesus’ has this Jubilee vision for humanity that Jesus calls us to live a Jubilee Way. What does that actually look like? For the next few weeks, as we approach the season of Lent, we’re going to continue our study of Luke with that question in mind, “What does living the Jubilee Way look like?”
This week, we discover this wonderful call story where Jesus meets fisherman and calls them to be disciples. It’s a long night of empty nets and these tired, empty-handed men are told by Jesus to cast the nets one more time. Begrudgingly, they do what he commands, and they are overwhelmed with a huge catch. Peter’s response is interesting, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” I think we’re going to talk a little bit about this response of fear and pushing God away when good things happen for us. I think we may all have this gut reaction from time to time. Jesus’ answer is even more interesting, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” Jesus doesn’t offer forgiveness. He doesn’t even address the sin, but he offers a vocation, an opportunity to join him. There’s a message of hope here, and I think you need to hear it! Join us! Do not be afraid! Parkside is a place where you belong and where you can hear a message of hope filled with meaning and purpose. Are you looking for a new direction, a new purpose, a new way to live? Join us on the Jubilee Way!