Awestruck by an encounter with Jesus

Weekend Edition (10 – 11th January 2015)

“When Simon Peter realised what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him…”

Luke 5:8-9 (NLT)

Jesus was not an ordinary man. Wherever He went something would happen. Whether that was great teaching or the miraculous, Jesus, time after time showed His divinity and left people in awe.

Simon Peter has just witnessed the catch of his life. In fact he probably, in his entire fishing career, never witnessed a catch of such magnitude. His reaction? To fall at the feet of Jesus in awe!! However, the most interesting aspect of Peter’s response is that he didn’t feel worthy to be in the same boat as Jesus. “Oh Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” Why this reaction? Why didn’t his reaction have something to do with the fish, after all he was a fisherman? Quite simply, because He had an encounter with the power of God and was humbled by the sheer wonder of what had just happened. He knew that Jesus was no ordinary man.

But the great thing in this story is that Peter didn’t go looking for Jesus, but Jesus found Peter. Even though Peter thought that he was too much of a sinner to be around Jesus, after this great miraculous catch of fish, Jesus shows that the very reason He came was for people like Peter.

When you encounter the risen King, what’s your reaction? When you see a supernatural provision, a miraculous wonder or even feel His presence, are you awestruck at the sheer magnitude of His works? Jesus, whose words helped form the very foundation of the earth, calls YOU today… will you accept the invitation and fall to your knees in submission to His call?

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