(Note: Click this link: The Deep to see the video of the skit that was presented) Murray Withrow uses the story of Jesus entering the fishermen's boat in the gospel of Luke to challenge us as disciples of Jesus. He first has us interact through a rap in which he leads us. Let’s set the stage. Luke begins his gospel with the foretelling of the coming of the _ _ _ _ _ _. Through John the Baptist, we learn of his coming to set things straight and make all things _ _ _ _ _. Christ’s birth is preceded by prophecies of Simeon and Anna. As a young boy, astonishes and admonishes the crowds of people as he lays down the foundation for all to cry “_ _ _ _ _ _ _”. As a young man he’s baptized, a voice from heaven is released. It comes down saying, “You are my beloved son, with you I am well- _ _ _ _ _ _ _.” Then led by the Spirit into the lonely wilderness, he was tested by the devil three times, searching for some sinfulness, but it didn’t exist. Jesus rebukes the devil and chooses the path that his Father has set before him. After winning this challenging battle with Satan, God’s angels come to restore him. But this is just the beginning, cause the world keeps on sinning. And Christ is about to get out and shout the good news from the hinterland to the _ _ _ _. So let’s get down to the nitty _ _ _ _ _ _.
Luke 5:1-11 (NKJV)
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
Murray then presented a multi-media performance from last December's Intervarsity Urbana conference which you can access at this link: The Deep
JESUS PROVOKES US
JESUS BREAKS US
JESUS CALLS US
Its 5:46 in the mornin’; tossin’ and turnin’; chest burnin’; sermons in my head keep reoccurrin’; having visions in my head of a kid cryin’ at the feet of the father for all the wrong things that he did; now I’m sweatin’ in my sheets, can’t sleep; my mind keeps tellin’ me I’m six feet deep; don’t remind me; even though I’m still alive I can’t tell; the way I’m livin’ my life I feel I’m goin’ to hell; God, they tellin’ me I should except you; that you had to leave the world cause the world left you; reason I can’t change; like a mystery to me; so I make believe there really is a heaven for a G; even though they say you loved the world so much you shed your blood; God, I feel I’m too messed up for love; they tell me come as I am; but I smell like smoke; my whole life is full of sin cause it’s all I know; the Bible told me that you died for my sins; if I believe in Christ, he’ll save me from the end; but I’m scared to ask you to save me; my heart’s so evil; I’ve got thoughts full of hatred; hurt from people; I thought that first I had to clean up my life; now I’m hearin’ I just gotta’ cling to the light; I’m ready to do it, but I pray you understand; my life is a mess, will you take me as I am?