April 2nd, '19
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message by Kris Jackson
were washing their nets" (Luke 5:2)
also were in the ship mending their nets" (Mark 1:19)
Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and
John, "forsook their nets, and followed" Jesus (Mark 1:18). I would apply that
to forfeiture of net worth, net profit, net stockings and
some of the net-works we are associated with if it wouldn't violate the
text, but of course it is talking of fishing nets instead. They forsook their
fishing nets but didn't forsake fishing. Jesus just changed the target catch,
"Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men" (Mark 1:17).
Note the word "become". We are not there yet but are becoming.
The dockside work, however, being performed by
these disciple/fishermen at the time of their calling would be something they
would have to continue long after they changed careers from fishers to
preachers. First, notice they were "washing their nets". A stinky, slimy,
seaweed and mud covered net repels fish rather than draws them. The witness of
believers should be compelling, not repelling. So as they washed their nets we
must wash our lives. The Greek is apopluno, apo meaning "from"
and pluno, "to wash", but more so, as Thayer's Lexicon teaches, to "by
faith appropriate the results of Christ's expiation as to be regarded as pure
and sinless". The fishing crew did this washing daily. We too must be renewed
in the spirit of our minds every day. "Now you are clean through the word which
I have spoken to you" (John 15:3). "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his
way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word" (Psalm 119:9).
Our second text says they were "mending their
nets". A ripped net can't trap the catch. The fish will escape through the rent
cords. How many would-be keepers got away from the church because of
disunity, because of some rend or schism in the Body? A net is made from dozens
of entwined individual ropes that interlace to make one single whole. The whole
can't have a hole. We have to mend what is lacking.
The Greek word for "mending" is katartizo.
It means to mend, complete, fit, perfect, strengthen, to make one what he ought
to be. It is used of the church as being "perfectly joined together in the same
mind, and in the same judgment" (1 Corinthians 1:10). Healing is needed.
Shredded cords need bound and strengthened. Broken hearts need mending, as do
homes ripped by strife, infidelity, even divorce. Katartizo is used
again when it says, "if a man be overtaken by a fault, you who are spiritual,
restore such a one in the spirit of meekness..." (Galatians 6:1) Mending means
restoring. A gifted surgeon can close up the wound leaving no trace of a scar.
The seamstress's patch can make the torn pants usable again, restoration. In
Hebrews the word is translated "prepared" (10:5) and "framed" (11:3).
Ultimately it means to "make perfect". "But the God of all grace...after that you
have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you" (1
Peter 5:10). Sometimes God Himself has to officiate the rending so He can make
possible the mending. Sometimes a fracture has to be re-broken or it can never
be reset properly. But He doesn't leave the nets shredded. He mends the broken
heart and does it so that the damaged cord can link with others again to make a
powerful net. The cords are being tightened and secured for a reason. He
intends to use you as "fishers of men".