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Peter


Mark 8:27-9:1

Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, “I’ve lost my electron. “
The other says, “Are you sure?” The first replies, “Yes, I’m positive…”

Peter had come to a point of positively knowing that Jesus was really the Christ, but he wasn’t sure what it all meant and what part he was to play. It took him a few years and many mistakes to figure it out.

I’m positive that all of us can find something inside of us that is like something inside of Peter. We remember from last week that Andrew went to Peter, after having met Jesus, and said that he had found the One they had been looking for. We can safely assume that Andrew and Peter, brothers, had been schooled in the Old Testament prophesies telling of the coming Messiah.

Jesus had motioned to Andrew and Peter to leave their boat and come follow Him (Mark 1:16). Soon thereafter, Peter (Simon) watches as Jesus comes into his home and heals his mother-in-law. Peter knows. But if we remember, Peter has great times in life and horrible failures as well.

Jesus’ name is mentioned most in the Gospels; next is Simon Peter. There are more recorded interactions and conversations between Peter and Jesus than between anyone else. There are more stories of success and failure concerning Simon Peter than any of the other 11 disciples. Peter is a major figure in the Gospels and becomes a major figure in the birth of the Church in the book of Acts.

Just a few things to note about Peter. He followed Christ immediately. He witnessed many miracles. He rebuked Jesus. Jesus called him “Satan.” Jesus called him Simon, yet said he would be called ‘Peter’, a rock. He second guesses Jesus. He calls Jesus ‘The Christ.’ He denies Jesus 3 times. He tell Jesus he loves Him 3 times. Matthew 10 lists him as “the first” in naming the 12 disciples. He walks on water. He sinks in the water. He’s inquisitive when Jesus tells parables. He wants to please Jesus. He falls asleep when praying with Jesus in the garden prior to crucifixion. He admits he is a sinful man after witnessing a dramatic miracle. He viewed himself as a body guard for Jesus. He told Jesus he would die for Him if it meant he could go where He was going. Peter struggled and had great success. Believed and doubted. But when it all counted…He believed and spoke and acted with the Spirit that Jesus had given him. Can we say the same about ourselves?

Ups and downs and ups and downs. Peter’s life is not unlike ours. However, Peter finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together after Jesus’ resurrection. Everything made sense. There would now be less second guessing. Less hesitation…if Peter ever hesitated. He would now experience more power and more love and more peace. It took 3 years of mentoring from Jesus for the picture to become clear to Peter. And when it finally did, he was on the steps of the Temple telling all of Israel that was willing to listen that Christ was really God’s Son, and that they needed Him in their life. From there belief in Jesus spread like wild-fire everywhere. And here we sit today, at our computers, reading and studying because Peter sounded off that because of the resurrection, Jesus is who He said He was, and that we have a chance for eternal life with Him.

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