As we talked about in our last post, Jesus takes the worst of sinners, and makes them into people God. He takes what the world has called the rejected, despised, forgotten, hopeless and weak, and he makes them into the "Cities on a Hill". This is the very nature of our Lord.
After preaching a sermon and preforming many miracles for people while on a fishing boat in the Sea of Galilee, the fishermen with him went out to sea and worked all night but catching nothing. At the end of their shift, He instructed them to try one more time on the side of the boat. This sounded ridiculous to them, but they tried it anyways. Sure enough, they brought in a haul of fish. Simon Peter, recognizing that God Himself was in the boat with him was terrified. Peter knew he was not holy enough to be this close to God. Out of his grief he cries to Jesus, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man!” And he was. Jesus however sees, not what Peter is at that moment, but what Peter will become. He tells him,”Don’t be afraid, from now on you will be catching men.”
Jesus did not choose the perfect glowing holy men from the near perfect congregation. No, they were blue color workers, for the most part uneducated, and all with a sin nature. And he made them fishers of men, world changers, lights to the entire world.
The grace of God is still doing that today. He takes the worst and makes them the best. The ruined people become the world changers. Great sinners become great saints. Jesus said,”those who are forgiven much, love much.” The church of Jesus Christ is Unstoppable. It will never stop growing as long as men and women need mercy and grace.