THE RELIABLE WITNESS

In any event or scary happening, such as a car wreck or a robbery; most times, there are witnesses.  Some step forward and tell what they saw.  Some do not want to get involved for fear of personal safety.   Those in charge of our protection want to know what happened so they investigate. When I taught science, one of the teaching projects was learning to investigate crimes.  We learned that witnesses are not as reliable as one might think.  Physical evidence trumps witnesses in convicting a person for the crime—unless all the witnesses tell the same story.

The gospels are evidence of the Truth of Jesus Christ by their same story.  It might be told in ways that fit their unique personalities but the facts of who Jesus is and what He did on earth are the same.  The Prophets told what would happen before it happened.  Jesus fulfilled every detail of the prophets’ writings as written centuries before He came to earth on God’s mission to save us from sin.  So, the reliability rate for these witnesses is proven to be one hundred percent accurate.

Peter is an eye-witness.  He was called by Jesus to leave who and what he was behind to follow his new Master.  Peter then spent time walking and talking with Jesus daily for three years. He was educated with real life lessons that were amazing and miraculous to this once fisherman.  Peter had the distinct privilege of seeing Jesus be glorified on a mountain where Jesus was joined by two great men of the faith who came from heaven to encouraged Jesus in His mission.  If that wasn’t enough, Peter heard the Voice of God affirm Jesus to all who were standing or kneeling on that mountain that day! 

Peter was closer to Jesus than most disciples, requiring intense equipping by the Master.  Peter’s assignment as “the rock upon whom I will build my church” would be challenging but completely necessary to lead believers after Jesus ascended back to heaven.  Jesus saw Peter’s potential.  Peter saw, heard, felt the compassion of Christ, and learned from Him.

This eye-witness knew what he was talking about!  Peter passionately teaches what he learned from Jesus, while expectantly waiting on the Master’s return, with eternal joy, love and peace flowing from his heart along with the mind of Christ in him.  Nothing will stop what Peter was given to say and do from Jesus.  Aren’t we thankful for Peter?  This is a life changed by Jesus for our benefit generations later.

“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet…”  –Peter

PETER—THE ROCK

2 Peter 1, The Message

1-2 I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master.

Don’t Put It Off

3-4 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.

5-9 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.

10-11 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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.

Lord,

Focus my thoughts on you alone.  Help me to be a reliable witness to You!  I am sure, very sure, of who you are.  You have transformed my life.  You are indeed the ONE LIGHT in this dark world who guides us where we need to be.  I trust in You alone, dear Jesus.  Thank you for writing and speaking truth through me.  Your truth is all I seek.  May I be found in you as I wait for your return.  I love you, Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. Continue to grow your character traits in me.

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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