Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Friday, September 17, 2010

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"Now when he had left speaking, he said to Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said to him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at your word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fish: and their net brake. And they beckoned to their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 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 was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fish which they had taken..." (Luke 5:4-9).

The theme that runs through the entire Bible is the subject of "trust." Our entire lives are built on trust. It is the glue by which a marriage stays intact. An economy breaks down when people lose trust in the economic system. Banks won’t lend if they lose trust in those seeking loans. People won’t entrust their savings in a bank they don’t trust. When we fly by plane we trust unseen pilots. When we have an operation, we trust the surgeon’s skill. When we eat food prepared at restaurants, we trust the cooks we often don’t see. We entrust our lives to elevators, taxi drivers, and even to other drivers who we trust will stay on the other side of a yellow line.

In this portion of Scripture, Peter makes a rational decision to trust Jesus of Nazareth, despite his past experience of not catching fish. They had toiled for the whole night and caught nothing (when the Bible speaks of "nothing" it means just that--nothing). But Peter ignored his life experience, and said, "Nevertheless at your word I will let down the net."

As a result, he proved Jesus to be true to His word. He found that He was trustworthy, and the implications of the catch of fish were obvious. Not too many know what lies under the sea. This Man was obviously supernatural, and if this Man was from God, Peter immediately acknowledged his sinful nature. This was because he was a Jew, and Jews have a great advantage over the Gentiles, because they have knowledge of the Law of God (see Romans 3:1-2).

The Scriptures tell us that the Law is a schoolmaster that brings us to Jesus Christ (see Galatians 3:24), and it did just that with this sinful fisherman. The moment any sinner comes to Jesus Christ and trusts in Him, he is "justified" (made clean) in the sight of a holy God, and granted the gift of everlasting life. Forget your life experience, and trust Jesus Christ today. He will change everything.