Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series with a discussion of Peter finding the tomb empty. Our texts were John 20:1-10 and 1 Peter 2:1-10.

“They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.”

Why did John believe but Peter did not?

The first thing we note is that Peter continues to act before he thinks.  He runs to the tomb and while John lingered outside Peter rushed in. However, for all Peter’s bravado it is John who believes.  Jim said that Peter was overcome with emotion. Over the past 48 hours he had sworn to die with Christ, struck the Chief Priest’s slave with a sword, denied Christ and been consumed by shame and grief.   Therefore, it was not surprising that he wasn’t thinking clearly. Robyn added that Peter wasn’t the only disciple who had a hard time believing — Thomas wouldn’t believe until he placed his hand in Jesus side and saw the nail marks in Jesus hands.

Because we have the bible we know more than Peter did as he stood in the empty tomb yet our faith sometimes falters. We find ourselves in the mists of a storm and ask ‘where are you?’ Doubt and worry are natural parts of the human condition. However, we have a God whose love and faithfulness toward us is not dependent on our feelings. He will never leave or forsake us.

What is the result of trusting in Christ?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.”

Peter eventually understands that the empty tomb changed everything. He, and all who believe, have been transformed.  We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood and a holy nation. We enjoy an intimacy with God that could not have been fathomed by the old testament priests much less ordinary people. In addition we are joined together as a nation. We are called to love and care for each other.

Next week John 21 and 2 Peter 2:4-10. Consider the following questions:

1) What does Jesus encounter with Peter tell us about Jesus?

2) what does the encounter tell us about Peter?

3) How can we be sure we are forgiven?

See you Wednesday night.

John

 

6 responses to “Wednesday Night Recap”

  1. Jack Miles says:

    Picky, picky, Jack. Whoever created the image of Jesus’s tomb on Easter morning must not have read John 20:1-10. What say you?

  2. John Miles says:

    I’m just impressed someone left a comment — I was beginning to wonder if anyone read these things. 🙂

  3. Bonnie Mason says:

    Yes, I read “these things” every Wednesday so I can remember what was discussed last week and get the scripture for this week.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. John Miles says:

    Bonnie, thanks for the kind words.

  5. Iom Joiner says:

    Best part of the week for me & Mom (Mom & I?).
    Picky, Picky, Picky.

  6. John Miles says:

    Thanks Tom. You both mean so much to me. See you next week.