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Why am I a Christian?

Good question. All of us who believe in Jesus Christ and seek to follow Him should be ready to answer it. On the one hand, I could answer that I’m a Christian because God, in His grace, rescued me and made me His child. On the other hand, though, I’m a Christian because I simply can’t get around Jesus Christ.

I cannot explain Him away. I cannot ignore Him. It’s impossible for me to be apathetic about Him. No one else is like Him in all of human history. The claims He made and the things He did have to be dealt with and explained. Jesus is precisely who He claims to be or He is not – there’s no other alternative. I’m a Christian because Jesus is captivating and I’m captivated by Him.

I noticed several things from this chapter as Luke continues to show us Jesus’ true identity.

First, Peter responded to Jesus in a way very similar to Isaiah.

After the miraculous catch of fish, Peter “fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8). When Isaiah was in the presence of God, he cried, “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the king, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5). When we encounter God, which both Peter and Isaiah did, we become more aware of our sin and unworthiness before God. That’s true in my experience, too.

Second, Jesus had the right to demand obedience from other people.

The Lord Jesus called Simon Peter, James, John, Levi (better known as Matthew), and probably Andrew as His disciples in this chapter. In other Gospel accounts of this event, Jesus simply said, “Follow Me” to them and they did! Verses 11 and 28 record that these called men “left everything and followed Him.” That’s a great lesson, which we should imitate.

Third, the healings and miracles of Jesus show His uniqueness.

Jesus healed a man with leprosy (verses 12-16) and a paralytic (verses 17-26). People responded by being amazed, intrigued, and fascinated. Certainly not all of them believed in Jesus and followed Him, but they couldn’t get around Him. Neither can I.

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