Luke 5



In Luke 5, Jesus continues to demonstrate his authority through miraculous events, calls disciples to follow him, and challenges traditional religious norms. The chapter highlights themes of faith, compassion, and the transformative nature of Jesus' ministry.



  1. The Miraculous Catch of Fish (Luke 5:1-11): Jesus teaches by the Sea of Galilee and then asks Simon Peter to put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch, even though they had caught nothing all night. Following Jesus' instructions, they catch a large amount of fish. This miraculous catch astonishes Peter, James, and John, leading them to leave everything and follow Jesus.
  2. Healing of a Leper (Luke 5:12-16): Jesus encounters a man with leprosy who begs to be healed. Despite the social stigma associated with leprosy, Jesus touches the man and heals him, demonstrating his compassion and authority over sickness.
  3. Healing of a Paralyzed Man (Luke 5:17-26): A paralyzed man is brought to Jesus by friends who lower him through the roof to reach Jesus. Jesus forgives the man's sins and then heals his paralysis, showcasing his authority to forgive sins and perform miracles.
  4. Call of Levi (Luke 5:27-32): Jesus calls Levi (also known as Matthew), a tax collector, to follow him. Levi responds by leaving everything and hosting a banquet for Jesus at his house. This action caused criticism from the religious leaders who questioned Jesus associating with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus responds that he came to call sinners to repentance.
  5. Questions About Fasting (Luke 5:33-39): The Pharisees question Jesus about why his disciples do not fast like the disciples of John the Baptist or the Pharisees. Jesus uses the analogy of new wine and old wineskins, emphasizing that his ministry represents something new and transformative.





1. Anyabwile T. M. (2018). Exalting Jesus in Luke. Holman Reference.