2021_06_16 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Mark 14
Recently I have been aware of a number of prominent personalities that speak out on all sorts of topics and, as they do, they present themselves as having it “all together”. At the same time, many of these self-professed experts slam those who don’t agree with them. They are quick to point out past attitudes and actions of their opponents, as evidence of their being intellectually and morally inferior. In stark contrast to this mindset is what we discover in the Bible among its key figures. An excellent example is in Mark 14, regarding Jesus’ close friend Peter, and an exchange they had not long before Jesus was arrested and killed. Jesus says this,
“All of you will desert me. 29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.” 30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” Mark 14:27–30 [selected] (NLT)
Peter does deny knowing Jesus three times before the night is over. In fact, this episode is not only reported in Mark, but also covered in the other three biographies of Christ’s life. What is remarkable about this is that it was included in the Bible at all. By the time these biographs were written, Peter was a revered leader in the Church . He could have used his authority and influence to edit this less than flattering story out, leaving his reputation more pristine and impressive. Instead, he supported the whole story being told – including his faults and failings. He did that because he wanted everyone to know that Jesus came for imperfect people, and offers us help, healing and hope. Including his weakness and failure inspires some to investigate faith, and others to not give up when they mess up. I mean if one of Jesus’ disciples and closest friends can screw up this bad, still be forgiven AND use the story of it to help others, why can’t we?
Peter chose to let the story of his life inspire, rather than try to impress. I want that to be my story too.