Week 36   Day 1

  

 

Peter

strong     impulsive

believing   denying   forgiven 

touched by the Master

rock

 

 

Peter is the #1 disciple whenever the disciples are named in the Bible 

He always had something to say

            and usually assumed the role

            of leader and spokesman

            for the group

he was in that small inner circle of disciples

            so he knew everything it was possible to know

            about Jesus 

his house in Capernaum

            became headquarters for Jesus ministry

he was a quick-thinking-talking-acting man 

 

 

Peter's strengths were many

            yet the Bible doesn't gloss over his weaknesses either 

no attempt is made to cover up his failures 

            and that is what makes him

                        so human 

                        so appealing

             

 

It is easy to see ourselves in Peter

he was fully devoted to Jesus 

            but not always 

Jesus could count on him

            but not all the time

 

 

From Peter we learn that God loves us

            in spite of ourselves

and we don't have to be worthy

            in order to be useful to God

it is not perfection that pleases God

            but a loving and contrite heart.

 

 

 

                                 JESUS, WHO ARE YOU?

          Son/Servant of God, friend of Moses and Elijah.

                                         Matthew 16 & 17

 

    13Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do men say that I am?"

14They said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and

others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

    15He said to them, "Who do you say that I am?"  16Simon

Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

    17Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,

for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father

in heaven.  18You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My

church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom, and whatever you

bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose

on earth will be loosed in heaven." 

    20Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell

no one that He was Jesus the Christ.  21From that time Jesus

began to show to His disciples that He must suffer many things

from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,

and be raised the third day.

    22Peter took Him aside to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it

from You, Lord; this shall not happen."  22Turning, He said to

Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan!  You are an offense to Me, for

you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."

    24Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come

after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.

25Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses

his life for My sake will find it."

    1After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John.  He led
them
up a high mountain by themselves, 2and was transfigured

before them.  His face shone like the sun; His clothes became
as white
as the light.  3Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to
them,
talking with Him.  4Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good
for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles:  one for You,
one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

    5While he was speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them;

and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is My beloved Son,

in whom I am well pleased.  Hear Him!"  6When the disciples

heard it, they were greatly afraid.  7But Jesus touched them

and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid."  8When they had lifted

their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

    9As they came down from the mountain, Jesus said, "Tell

the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead."
                 This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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