- Religion and Philosophy
The Meeting with the Christ
When Simon Peter realized 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."
Luke 5 :8
It was another ordinary day in the life of Peter, the fisherman. They worked hard last night, but all their efforts were in vain, no catch of fish, empty nets. Then a man called Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth stepped into his boat and asked him to push it out into the water. Then the man sat in the boat and taught the crowd from there.
To Peter, Jesus is just another spiritual leader giving spiritual insights and instructions to people. For him he is the carpenter from Nazareth turned preacher of God's Word, nothing very special. When Jesus finished preaching, he turned to Simon saying, "Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish."
At first, Peter is hesitant to heed the instruction, but he obeyed it anyway. What happened next, is the event that totally transformed Peter and changed his impression of Jesus forever. "A great catch of fish!" The nets were so full that they began to tear. A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened he fell down to his knees before Jesus and said, "Get away from me Lord, I am a sinful man!"
Now Peter addressed Jesus as Lord. The miracle transformed him completely. Jesus is no ordinary spiritual leader. He is not just another preacher of God's Word, he must be somebody much much greater. Greater than Abraham, greater than Moses and even greater than King David. He must be the Messiah, the Christ, his LORD. Before the miracle Peter called Jesus master, now he called him Lord. Peter has seen the glory of Christ as revealed in the miraculous catch of fish. When the glory of Christ is revealed to Peter, he saw his true condition before God, a totally depraved man and a great sinner.
Whenever the glory of God is revealed, one will be aware of his unworthiness. When the glory of the Lord was revealed to the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah became aware of his unworthiness and pronounced, "My destruction is sealed, for I am a sinful man and a member of the sinful race, yet I have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.
Peter's life was totally transformed after this meeting with Jesus. It made him forsake his everything to follow Jesus. Everything he considered dear to him, his family and his most cherished job, "fishing." It totally altered the direction of his life. From now on he became "fisher of men." Later in his life, he even died for his Lord when he was crucified upside down..This is indeed true Christianity.