Unworthiness Confirmed

God’s abundant blessings magnify His power to the point of our own humiliation. Luke records one of Peter’s statements no other gospel writer captures. True to Peter’s personality, his words reveal his emotion at Jesus’ provision. Earlier in the passage Peter protests Christ’s instruction because “we toiled all night and took nothing!” He then yields to the word of Christ, “But at your word I will let down the nets.”

Jesus often meets us at the point of limited weakness – after toiling, laboring, scheming in our strength and wisdom and coming up empty. When ready to quit in despair Jesus says, “Leave it to me. Do as I say. Put the nets out where I tell you.” Our first response often reflects that of Peter, “But I’ve tried!” Yes, we tried in our own strength. And so, somewhat reluctantly, with a little (very little) faith we put out the nets. And Jesus blesses abundantly.

Immediately, our lack of faith stares vividly from the abundant provision divinely orchestrated. Jesus took the mustard seed-sized, reluctant, doubting faith and added His infinite ability to supply and wisdom to direct. We fall and say, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” And Jesus, in grace, responds, “Do not be afraid.”

[See also statements of Peter from Matthew and Mark]

Peter’s Statements from Luke’s Gospel

“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” – Luke 5:8

“Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” – Luke 8:45

“The Christ of God.” – Luke 9:20

“Master, It is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” – Luke 9:33

“Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” – Luke 12:41

“See, we have left our homes and followed you.” – Luke 18:28

“Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” – Luke 22:33

“Woman, I do not know him.” – Luke 22:57

“Man, I am not.” – Luke 22:58

“Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” – Luke 22:60

About the Author
Nathaniel Pringle serves as the pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, Milford, Ohio. His goal is to fulfill the commission in Titus 2:1, "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine." (ESV)

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