“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken…” – Luke 5:8-9 NIV
I had a chance to see a first century fishing boat while on a trip to Israel. This was not a small boat; in fact it was about twenty six feet long and seven feet wide. That boat would hold a lot of fish! Simon Peter had a boat just like this one and Jesus miraculously caused it to be filled with fish. So many fish, that when Simon called for his partners to help, the weight of the fish started to make both boats sink! Anybody who’s been in the fishing business around the Sea of Galilee knows that this really was some kind of miracle!
But, look how Simon Peter responded: “Leave me Lord! I am a sinful man!” Think about it. Jesus had given this fisherman the biggest day of profit in his life. But He had also shown a power over nature that Peter knew was supernatural. And Peter became convicted of his sin.
Many of you know who Jesus is. You believe He’s the Messiah and you believe He’s the Christ. But the reason some of you have never become a Christian is because you’ve never gone through this experience of really seeing Jesus. You haven’t seen how holy He is – how great He is. You’ve not experienced Jesus to the point that you become convicted of your sinfulness. If you really see Jesus, there is always conviction of sin. Without conviction of sin, we don’t really understand what it means to be a Christian, because we don’t understand the meaning of God’s grace – undeserved salvation from sin and hell.