March 30, 2012

Susan Boyle, Simon Peter and The Faithfulness and Forgiveness of God




Susan Boyle is an inspiration! The song, "You have to be there" has become a favorite. It is hopeful, pleading, honest and victorious. Simon Peter came to mind as I listened to the lyrics. I don't think the song is about Simon Peter, but he came to mind nonetheless.


I thought about the time Peter wanted to walk on water:



"Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22,23

I remembered Peter hiding in the shadows when things got more intense and vicious leading up to the crucifixion of Christ:

"Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and *said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”  A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly."

I remembered Peter weeping bitterly after his fearful denial. I think of his faith and what the Lord says about him:

"Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 16:13-17


























2 comments:

TAB said...

This brings tears to my eyes.
Peter is an inspiration to us!

Susan is definitely blessed with a gift!

tsbjf said...

We were just talking about Peter a couple of weeks ago at the Thursday morning Bible study, as we're going through the Precepts course on Matthew right now.