Tuesday Re-mix –
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:16-17
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:22-23
I was the baby in my family. That means I got to learn from my older sibling’s mistakes (sorry, Sis)…not that there were THAT MANY mistakes there to learn from…but there were a few. And I did learn from them. That, it seems to me, is a huge benefit of being the younger brother.
I think of Peter that way…an older brother from whom we can learn. For me, Peter’s spiritual pilgrimage has always served as a great illustration of the human frailty of the church. Just like a local body of believers, there are times when Peter got it so very right, and there are times when he got it so very wrong. Looking at his pilgrimage in Matthew 16 raises for me a couple of important lessons for the church.
1. Celebrate when we get it right, but don’t get too cocky…we may just get it wrong tomorrow. My church happens to be one of the really healthy churches in our community right now. I like that. It makes me feel good. Even though people coming from other, less healthy, churches do not constitute “kingdom growth”, I am not going to lie and act like it doesn’t make me feel good. My …