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Go away from me

July 2nd, 2007

Luke 5:1-8

1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a>with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down[b> the nets for a catch.”

5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

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

You ever feel like Peter? I know I can relate! When God blesses you when you just know you don’t deserve it. I can just see Peter trying to convince Jesus, “No, you don’t understand the things I have done.” I can see Jesus not flinching.

Some people might think that Jesus either, (A) Wasn’t aware that Peter was “wicked,” or (B) Wasn’t too concerned about sin. I don’t think either of these was the case. I think Jesus knew exactly what Peter’s life was like, and I also believe that Jesus had zero tolerance for sin.

I would select a third option, which would be that Jesus knew Peter was a sinful man, that He despised sin, but that He loved Peter so much that that wasn’t enough to stop Him.

When we realize that Jesus wasn’t just lax on sin, but that He hated it as much as anybody, but yet He was right there with Peter — talk about amazing love. Jesus isn’t saying, “Hey, Peter, your sin really isn’t that big of a deal.” He is saying, “Despite your sin, I love you.”

It can be kind of hard to accept that sometimes. When we know that, after what we have done, we just don’t deserve anything good, yet God still blesses us. It almost hurts, and we just want to say, “God, please, stop. You don’t realize the kind of person I am. I don’t deserve this.”

But God is saying, “I have seen everything you have done. I know all of your secrets. I know you inside and out — better than you know yourself. I know you, I know your sins, your shortcomings. I know all about them. And I love you just the same.”

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