Posted by: Larry Hoekman | June 28, 2018

Luke — This IS Why He Came!

Day 3094: Thank You Lord for all You’ve done for me!

Scripture:  When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  Luke 5:8

Thoughts/questions: Peter’s response to Jesus’ helping them catch a boat load of fish is probably the opposite of what we might say, as we might want this miracle man to come and be close to us. And his response certainly isn’t a very evangelistic quote one might use to bring someone to Jesus.

However, Peter directly observed the differential between Jesus and sinful man, and he reacted by acknowledging that immense gap. We, on the other hand, read about it; think about it; try to comprehend it – but that doesn’t compare to what Peter and the disciples experienced first hand.

Can we share the intensity of Peter’s experience – probably not. BUT it is not mandatory that we do so – why – because of Jesus’ response. He didn’t do what Peter requested. Jesus knew how vast this gap was, so it was not a surprise to Him, AND this is exactly why He came – to bridge that gap between a perfect, holy God and sinful mankind.

So Jesus understood Peter’s comment, but instead of separating Himself from Peter and the others, He asked them to follow Him. He desired to commune with them/us, regardless of the gap separating us!

Realistically, we deserve what Peter asked for – separation. BUT thanx be to God for His recognizing our need and meeting that need in His Son, Jesus. Thank You Lord!

Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You and praise You for not leaving us, but for asking us to follow You . . .

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