January 26, 2022
Let me introduce you to someone who has influenced my life. He lived a long time ago.
His name was Simon. He had a brother named Andrew. His father’s name was John. He made his living as a commercial fisherman. He lived in Capernaum, a town on the Sea of Galilee’s western shore.
Simon was an early follower of Jesus and was chosen by Jesus to be one of the original twelve apostles. Jesus gave him a nickname: Peter (Greek) or Cephas (Hebrew). The name means rock in English.
Take some time right now to look up these Bible verses to learn a little more about this man who has deeply influences your pastor. Underline his name when you find it.
• John 1:35-42
• Luke 5:1-11
• Luke 6:12-16
• John 13:1-9
• Matthew 26:31-35
• John 18:15-18 and 25-27
These episodes describe some highs and lows in the relationship between Jesus and Simon.
Perhaps Simon-Peter’s influence on me stems from his “out front” leadership and his willingness to admit his failures. He seems to be the person who blessed and exasperated Jesus the most.
Simon’s early encounters with Jesus are the focus of this week’s worship service. It is a story that highlights some things that distracted Simon from recognizing the Messiah. It is a story that shows how wrongly we can interpret God’s activity. It is a story that identifies the importance of repentance and obedience.
My prayerful hope is that Simon Peter becomes a positive influence is your pilgrimage of following Jesus.
Stay faithful and fearless,
PS – Next Sunday (February 6) will take us to a wedding feast in Cana. Bring a wedding picture for display. This should be fun.