Peter, A Breath of Fresh Air
Peter is not just a powerful speaker, called of God to proclaim His Word. His testimony we trust because Peter walked with Christ, was trained by Him, saw with his own eyes the glory of God in Him on a mountain top. Yes, Peter was there. We trust him to tell us the Truth because he walked with Truth, the Person of Jesus Christ. Peter was one of the three closest to Jesus when God walked this earth. Listen to him with this in mind. See who God is through the passionate words and emotions of Peter.
2 Peter 1, The Message
The One Light in a Dark Time
12-15 Because the stakes are so high, even though you’re up-to-date on all this truth and practice it inside and out, I’m not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it. This is the post to which I’ve been assigned—keeping you alert with frequent reminders—and I’m sticking to it as long as I live. I know that I’m to die soon; the Master has made that quite clear to me. And so I am especially eager that you have all this down in black and white so that after I die, you’ll have it for ready reference.
16-18 We weren’t, you know, just wishing on a star when we laid the facts out before you regarding the powerful return of our Master, Jesus Christ. We were there for the preview! We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the voice out of heaven with our very own ears.
19-21 We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.
What do we learn?
–We can trust Peter.
–We couldn’t be more sure of what Peter saw and heard, too!
“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the person called Peter who walked with You, talked with You and messed up a few times. He still believed in You, though he did some dumb things out of human fear and wondering. He lived his life for You with You living in Him. He pointed us to You and for that we are grateful. We go to worship this Sunday morning with a bigger picture and a grateful heart. Be with us, still…as we are still before You.
In Jesus Name, Amen I believe.