When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”
~Luke 5:8, NLT
We do not see who we are until we see who Jesus is.
I love Luke 5 and the story of the big catch. Peter was a professional fisherman. The one thing he knew well was fishing. Jesus told him to launch out into the deep and let down his nets; the same nets he had cleaned and folded while Jesus was teaching. Peter had fished all night and had caught nothing; he needed to get his stuff stored and go home and take a nap. What Jesus asked him to do was unreasonable and illogical. Peter didn’t think Jesus knew what He was talking about but out of respect, he reluctantly obeyed. When Peter obeyed, he was absolutely shocked, blown away, amazed, awe-stricken and fell to his knees begging Jesus to leave him. Suddenly Peter had a sense of his own sin and undoing. What happened? What brought Peter to realize his utter sinfulness? He saw who Jesus really was: the Son of God, the righteous and holy one. Once he saw who Jesus was, he realized who he was…a sinner condemned and unclean.
The exact same thing happened to Isaiah in the temple in Isaiah chapter six…Isaiah saw the LORD high and lifted up and then suddenly, he saw himself as undone. We never see ourselves in the proper light until we see Jesus clearly. It was almost 50 years ago that I was preaching a youth revival in Marks, Mississippi. The young man leading the music was the son of a wealthy delta farmer and he worked in a men’s store. I never paid much attention to my shabby attire until I stood beside him night after night. After that week, I nick named myself “Tacky-Jackie”. If you think you are good, you’ve never seen Jesus.
It looks like snow weather outside but they say the sun is coming out later. It is a little on the cool side but I reckon my body has adjusted, it doesn’t seem that cold to me but of course, I don’t have to work outside. I spend most of Saturday getting ready for Sunday. Have a huge day tomorrow so I plan to retire early tonight, earlier than usual. I’m talking 5:00 instead of 6:00 which is my normal Saturday nite bed time.
As I suspected, left-wing activist were stirring the stink in DC. Do not believe what you hear on the news: it is pure propaganda.
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