The Enemy’s Scheme
One of the enemy’s favorite schemes, it would seem, is to distort who Jesus Christ is. And he’s been doing it since before His first coming. Although the entirety of the Old Testament points to Jesus, many Jews — including the religious leaders — had such a flawed view of who the Messiah would be that they completely failed to recognize Him. This distortion has continued in many different ways through the years and is pervasive today. The cults — whether the Mormons or the Jehovah’s Witnesses or many others — may affirm Jesus by name, but they have missed who He is. Others in the world today embrace a Jesus who was a moral teachers, who taught love, tolerance, and unity. But they reject any notion of a Jesus who calls us to holiness, a Jesus who endured the Father’s wrath in our place because He took so seriously the consequences of sin, or a Jesus who is God. And many who claim to be part of the Protestant church reject the true nature of Jesus in favor of a Jesus who better fits their preferred lifestyle.
Luke’s Testimony of the Real Jesus
Luke’s stated purpose is “that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:4, ESV). What he means by that is that we might understand the precise truth about Jesus, His life, His ministry, His death and resurrection, and the implications of all of that to our salvation. In this passage, Luke relates to us the account of Jesus teaching from Simon Peter’s boat, anchored just off the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and then instructing Peter to put out into deep water and cast his nets for fish. Through this, Jesus reveals to Peter several elements of His person and character, and by extension Luke reveals them to us.