THE CALL OF THE FISHERMEN (Part four)

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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. Luke 5:4-6

The Nearness of Jesus Shows Us Our Unworthiness

Once more, it is the nearness of Jesus that shows us our unworthiness. One day, when Jesus was across the lake in Gadar, the Gadarenes came to Him with a strange petition: they came and begged Him to depart out of their coasts. Jesus had cured the Gadarene demoniac; He had interfered with the local trade of swine-keeping, and so incensed were the people at this interference, and so dead were they to the glory of their Visitor, that they begged Him to depart, and He departed. How different is the cry of Peter here, “Depart from me, O Lord, for I am a sinful man.” It was not because he was dead in trespasses and sins, it was because he was awakened to his own unworthiness, that Peter was overpowered by the Lord’s presence. And so, while Jesus departed from the Gadarenes, the next word that He spoke to Peter was “Fear not” (Luke 5:10). Sometimes, when we gather a bunch of flowers, they seem to us very sweet and beautiful; and so they may be, for they are God’s creatures, and He has made everything beautiful in its time. But if we take a pure white rose and set it in the midst of them, it is strange how garish and coarse some of the others appear. They are God’s creatures, but they seem less worthy now, in the near presence of that pure and perfect whiteness. Just so when Jesus Christ is far away, we may be very well contented with ourselves. But when He enters our boat, and shows us His love and power, like Peter we too would say–“I am a sinful man.”

 

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW …..

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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