Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
February 11, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<320> Thesis: Jesus' reaction to people depends entirely upon whether His dealings with them bring them to soul-honesty, or not. Introduction: The paragraph that has been before us for a month now is a shocker. It is full of things that we would not typically expect. Jesus withdrawing from the imposing crowd; Jesus sitting down to teach a very large multitude; Jesus producing a fisherman's dream catch; Jesus accepting men who have been arrogant and rude; Jesus declaring that the lives of such men, as they knew them, were over. And the men are sufficiently "caught" in the net of Jesus' grace that they walk away from all that they have known and embraced as familiar in order to participate with Jesus in His Life. This morning we are going to zero in on Luke's record of Simon Peter's "conversion". Luke tells us, in 18:10-14, that men go home justified when they come to God with a willingness to admit their sinfulness. This is not a promise to flippant "sinners", but it is a reality for those whose sins have become a matter of terrible fact. I have called this a record of Simon Peter's "conversion" because it is in this paragraph that we are told that Simon's sins "caught up with him" and he admitted it. This record exists for us so that we might begin to understand how Jesus reacts to people. He pushed the "imposers" away, but He took the "sinners" into His inner circle.