Every seven years IBC sends each member of the pastoral staff on a 3-month sabbatical for a time of refreshment and reflection. Starting May 14 Pastor Andy will be on sabbatical. While he will not be preaching or doing church business, he will be engaged in intentional study, prayer and writing. With that in mind, please join us in praying for Andy and Alice this summer.
Even though I was still a bit bleary-eyed when I read Luke 5 for our family devotions this morning, verse 8 still managed to burst through my sleepy fog: “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
That’s Peter speaking in the aftermath of Jesus’ miracle of the great catch of fish when it first dawns on him that Jesus is more than a carpenter. In the unexpected presence of a holy and almighty God, people do radical things. It’s actually fitting that one of them be to grow quickly self-conscious and embarrassed for one’s sin. (I get a kick out of Peter pulling another well-intentioned faux pas here as he literally invites Jesus to go jump in the lake. Have you ever noticed that when he asks Jesus to leave the boat, they’re still out on the water?!)
What struck me about this passage is not what Peter said. He is actually perfectly correct both in his self-evaluation and in his request of Christ. He was indeed a sinful man. And Jesus, the perfect miracle-working Son of God, need not stain himself by hobnobbing with imperfection. Nothing here is news; it’s strictly dog-bites-man stuff.