Jesus the Know-It-All
by PASTOR RON AULBACH
BridgeWay Community Church
You ever meet someone who just seems to know far too much about, well, everything? You have a problem with your car and based on your amateur diagnosis, the person knows exactly how to fix it, the tools required, part number, and where it was on sale last week. And whether it’s cars, home repair, investment tips or career advice, they seem to always have the answer. I have lots of “know it alls” in my life, because I attract them, and when it comes to projects around the house, my wife reminds me how much I need them.
Jesus meets his first followers by chartering the boat of an unsuspecting fisherman struggling in his career. He orders Peter to “put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch,” (Luke 5:4). This is where Jesus goes from great teacher and extraordinary healer, to “know it all.” Think of it, Peter is an experienced fisherman; what does Jesus know about fishing? He was a carpenter, a carpenter’s son in fact, venturing into his new career as a public speaker, but thinks he knows how to fish better than Peter. Jesus the Know-It-All thinks he knows how to do Peter’s job better than Peter. In fact, he thinks he knows how to do your job better than you do, too.
The only thing worse than a know-it-all is the know-it-all who’s always right. The story concludes with such an amazing catch of fish that the net almost breaks, the boat begins to sink, and it takes a team of men to haul the catch back to shore.
You see, Jesus is the know-it-all because he has something to say about everything you question and need help with: your marriage, career, finances, addictions and fears. From the big questions to the small, Jesus is a know-it-all because Jesus has something of value to say about every arena of your life. Are you listening and trusting him to take you out into the deep waters of faith? Journey with him, and let him show you what he knows best.