Let Us Be Astonished by Jesus This Christmas!!

This is amazing! Just after these master fishermen return from an incredibly unsuccessful fishing trip, Jesus jumps in their bought speaks to a great crowd of people and then right in front of these people assures the fishermen that if they push out again and let out their nets that they will surely catch a large load of fish. And they do! So many fish that it takes two boats to hull them and the boats start to sink!! Luke chapter 5 verses 1 through 11 tells the story of this miracle, but the most striking part of this story comes in verses 8 through 11:

But 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 and all who were with him {{were astonished}} at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were Names and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’ {{And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him}}

The text says that these men were astonished by what they just saw, so astonished in fact that they left everything they knew to followed this man who they bearly knew and do things they never could have imagined in the name of being “fishers of men”.

At my church this morning, in preparation for Christmas, my pastor preached a message on Luke 2 and the biggest message I gained from his preaching is that Jesus is astonishing. I mean, He is God!

God Almighty.

The One who, with a breath from His mouth,

just one phrase,

created all the stars, planets, moons and galaxies in the entire Universe!

Jesus, the little baby born in a barn in Bethlehem and laid in a filthy food trough for the animals there, is God! The same One I just mentioned above!

Yea.

If that’s not astonishing, I don’t know what is?! If that doesn’t rock your world, I don’t know what will?!

Just let it sink in for a second.

This very same Almighty God, who created the stars you will see tonight in the sky and the billions more you can’t see, loves you enough to be born as a helpless infant to a 16 year old girl and her carpenter husband in a barn!

My prayer for myself and all my brothers and sisters is that we might be astonished by Jesus this Christmas and not by the pretty lights and wrapped packages and products on the shelves and food and loved ones. These are all good things; however, they are nothing to be astonished by compared to the God-man Jesus who came to save us in a way we never would be able to on our own and to restore us to an “Immanuel state” where He is our God, and we are His people. And that is quite enough. And that this astonishment would move us to give up everything and follow Jesus in pure love for all sinners who need His love so desperately!

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