What a joy in knowing the glory of the New Covenant so far exceeds the glory of the Old Covenant.
John 21:6 – And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
Today we continue our look at two draughts of fish that were miracles in the earthly ministry of Jesus; one completely under the Old Covenant, and the other after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and therefore, technically, under the New Covenant. In our look into these two draughts of fish, let us consider today LOSSES.
In both draughts of fishes events, the great catch followed a long night of fruitless fishing; nothing had been caught. In the first draught, Jesus told them to “launch out into the deep,” as though He was sending them into ministry (fishers of men). He told them to “let down your nets.” This was a localized draught of fish; at this time Jesus had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He was still operating solely under the Old Covenant, a covenant far less glorious and powerful than that which was to come. The net for holding the catch was not sufficient to hold all that was caught. While we do not know what was lost numerically from the first draught of fish through broken nets, we do know that under the Old Covenant, 10 of the 12 tribes slipped away from what God had intended to be the nation of Israel. I realize that a future time for their redemption will come, but many were the losses in all those years since their slipping away and the time of the New Covenant.
But in the second draught of fish, Jesus told His disciples to “cast out their net.” This time the term “net” was singular, just as the New Covenant is singular in Jesus, He being “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” And when the disciples had obeyed His command, already having been launched into the deep, their nets did not break, and catch was so great that it could not all be brought aboard their ship, but rather they had to drag the net ashore as they came. This is symbolic of the New Covenant. There may be losses from the church, the body of Christ, but never because the New Covenant could not sustain the pressure. If one is lost from the New Covenant net, it is solely because that person CHOSE to step out of covenant on their own. Thank God the life we receive upon entering into the New Covenant is ETERNAL life. The life God gives us does not break. One may break FROM that life, but the life itself will NEVER break. It is LIFE EVERLASTING, praise the Lord!
Manna for Today – John 21:1-14; Luke 5:1-7; Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17