Today's Reading: Luke 5:1-11
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." (Luke 5:5)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We want to think Peter is full of faith when he says they'll drop the nets because Jesus says so. More likely Peter is trying to be patient with the Lord since he's a fisherman and Jesus isn't and so why should He know anything about where to put the nets? This is born out by Peter's reaction when they caught all those fish as he drops to his knees and cries, "Lord, I am a sinful man!"
The Lord doesn't fool around with His Word. When He says something, He means it. When His Word declares something, it does it. When Jesus speaks, what He says is what happens. That's how God's Word works. Unbelief says, "No way. That can't be. That doesn't make sense. That's not how things work. You don't know anything, Jesus." Faith replies, "Yes, Lord, at your Word. If you say so. Because you say so."
How can Jesus be true God and man? Because He says so. How can a man nailed to a cross take away the sins of the world? How does that take away your sins? Because Jesus says so. How can Jesus be alive on Easter? Because He said He would. How can you rise from the dead? Because Jesus says you will.
How can water wash away your sins? Jesus institutes this gift with His Word. How can bread and wine be the Body and Blood of Jesus? Jesus says they are, and for the forgiveness of sins. How can your pastor say your sins are forgiven? Christ's Word commands Him to do so. Faith says, "Yes, Lord, at your Word, these things are true. And they're for me. Amen!" In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O God, who has prepared for those that love You such good things as pass man's understanding, pour into our hearts such love toward You that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Trinity 5)