Peter

Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

Do not be afraid. It is kind of like every time an angel appears to someone in the Bible. They always seem to begin their chats with “do not be afraid.” Why is that? Not because they did not appear fearful, but because these particular beings that saw them had no cause to fear….

Peter got it. He stood in the presence of the King of Glory, and his first thought was his own sinfulness. He was terrified. He wanted God out of his presence.

I think, too often man is elevated, and the glory of our great and sovereign Jesus Christ is diminished. What must it be like, will it be like to stand before Him?

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