Now That You Know, Go
Verse 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
Yesterday we talked about how Jesus informed Peter what was ahead for him. It wouldn’t be easy in any way but it was what needed to happen if Peter truly loved Jesus.
As Peter heard what Jesus was saying he was probably thinking of all the things that could happen in his future. Jesus had gone through so much in His final hours. Peter had witnessed some of it and had no doubt heard descriptions from the others who had witnessed each detail. It is also possible that he had seen another crucifixion at some point. Tradition has it that Peter was crucified but requested to be hung upside down saying he wasn’t worthy to die in the same manner that Jesus had.
Jesus didn’t leave the conversation with what would happen to Peter. No, Jesus knew that Peter would need to be reminded of the reason for his upcoming trials in life. He wouldn’t suffer simply because he was a disciple of Jesus. He was going to be leading the charge of a new way. His life from here on out would be about making sure that people knew about Jesus – His teachings, His death and His resurrection. Peter’s job of fishing for men was just beginning and he needed to remember the purpose of it all.
To teach Christ in His fullness was not about Peter nor was it about the people he was to be sharing it with. The main purpose of this message was to glorify God. That, after all, was the reason that Jesus came. This was never about the Jews or the Gentiles or even us. This has all to do with God and Him doing what pleases Him. He has chosen children and He has set the plan for them to hear the truth and turn to Him. That plan includes men and women of His choosing to glorify Him through the spreading of the Gospel.
Jesus finished His statement to Peter with the same two words that He is saying to each of us that are called into His kingdom – “follow me.” The way we glorify God is to follow Jesus – in word, deed and message.
Making It Personal
How would your sharing the Gospel glorify God? Do you struggle feeling comfortable sharing the Gospel to those around you? Who can you share Jesus with today?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to share Jesus with others? Have you ever shared Jesus with your friends? Who can you share Jesus with today?
Father, thank You for calling us to work for You. Give us the words to share Your message with those we come in contact with. May we desire to share You with everyone we meet. In Jesus’ name, amen.