2021_06_18 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 14
“Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it”
Mark chapter 14 culminates in Peter disowning Jesus. Jesus is arrested and Peter follows him ”at a distance” to the high priest. While Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin and questioned, Peter is in the courtyard below warming himself by the fire. Peter is approached by a servant girl who recognizes him as being with Jesus, the Nazarene. They know Peter is a Galilean and just as predicted, Peter denies knowing Jesus three times. Verse 72 says “Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: 'Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.' And he broke down and wept.”
Peter's relationship with Jesus is one of absolute devotion. Peter says yes to the call to follow Jesus, he recognizes Jesus as the Christ and Jesus appoints Peter to play a crucial role in the kingdom. Peter will be the disciple that carries the torch of the gospel and builds the church. Peter and Jesus also share an intimate bond. Peter is chosen to be there at Jesus' transfiguration and allowed to see Christ's glory. Another time Peter is granted a request to walk to Jesus on water, exercising the kind of faith he will need later on. All this, yet in a moment of fear and weakness Peter emphatically denies even knowing Jesus.
When Jesus called Peter the “rock (on which) I will build my church” he knew how Peter would betray him. How Peter must have felt the crushing weight of shame and grief in the days after the denial. But Jesus, who forgives and forgets our sins, reinstates Peter. John 21:15-19 recounts this tender moment between Peter and Jesus.
“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes Lord. You know that I love you.”
”Feed my lambs.
Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes Lord, you know that I love you.”
“Take care of my sheep.
Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
“Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
“Feed my sheep.”
Who is Jesus calling you to be?
Father, let me not be the sum of things I have done.
Let me be who you called me to be.
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead