What do you Believe?
The Apostle Peter - it seems he is one who generates strong opinions. He is the one who declared that Jesus is the Christ and then later on denied knowing Jesus.
I was reading Matthew 26, which includes the passage of Peter's denial of Jesus and it caused me to ponder the life of this early leader of the church.
Peter's life is something of a paradox - great highs and great lows. He is the only person apart from Jesus who has ever walked on water and he delivered the Sermon on the Day of Pentecost that converted 3000 people!
Yet, he was impetuous, loud mouthed and impulsive. Apart from denying Jesus, he was also sternly rebuked by Jesus who told him "Get behind me Satan!" (Mark 8:33). This came soon after Peter had declared Jesus was the Christ (Mark 8:29) but then tried to tell Jesus he didn't think the idea of being killed by the Priests was a good one.
What a paradoxical life!
Weighing up the good and the bad - what comes out on top? What do we think about Peter?
Isn't that like a lot of people today, who think that if there is a God, then because they believe they have done more good than bad, therefore they will be OK? Is that the key issue? Actually no, it isn't! What we believe about Jesus is the key issue.
Romans 10:9-10 says that:
"...if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
This is the matter that every person must resolve in their minds. Not whether they are a "good" or a "bad" person, but what they believe about Jesus.
What do you believe?
(P.S. Don't forget that Daylight Saving starts this Sunday... move your clock forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday!)
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Posted on Fri, September 30, 2016
by Tim Connelly filed under