Tuesday | 26 March 2019
The example of Peter

The disciple Peter provides us with a comprehensive example of the impact of the word as a goad, then as a sword, and then as a nail. In the first instance, Peter was goaded by the word of Christ, which confronted Peter’s belief in the integrity of his own heart and his capacity to love in the same manner as God. In response to the Lord’s word, ‘Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward’, Peter replied, ‘I will lay down my life for You.’ Joh 13:36-38. Jesus said to Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed.

When Peter looked into the eyes of Jesus after his self-righteous love and integrity had failed, he began to mourn. He was delivered from his fleshy self-righteousness as it was cut from his heart. We know this happened, because when Jesus found him on the shore of Galilee, he confessed that he was unable to love with the agape love of God. Joh 21:15-16. Having been delivered from his self-righteous integrity, the prophetic sword of the word was now making Peter’s sonship name more sure. In this regard, Jesus spoke to him about his work as an ‘under-shepherd’ of Christ.

Significantly, Jesus also spoke to Peter about the nature of his death. John recorded this conversation between Jesus and Peter. Jesus said to him, ‘“When you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish”. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me”.’ Joh 21:18-19.

Christ’s word was now a nail that was securing Peter to the fellowship of His offering and sufferings. As Peter continued in this fellowship, he would be able to do the works associated with his name. That is, he would be able to feed and tend Christ’s sheep as an overseer in the church. 1 Pe 5:1-2.

Further Study:
John 21
Daily Proverb:

Joh 13:36-38
Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, where are You going?’ Jesus answered, ‘Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.’

Joh 21:15-16
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Tend My lambs.’ He said to him again a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Shepherd My sheep.’

1Pe 5:1-2
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness.
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