Which Peter do I follow?
Sometimes the simplest observation is the most profound. 1 Peter is written by Peter, apostle of Jesus. This is Peter is the one who followed Jesus from the time he heard him call at the fishing boat. This is Peter who walked on the water. This is Peter who received the promise, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” This is Peter who accompanied Jesus to the mount of Transfiguration and saw Moses and Elijah and heard the voice of God. This is Peter whose feet Jesus washed in the upper room. This is Peter…who slept in the garden of Gethsemane and denied Jesus three times…
This is Peter…broken, humiliated Peter. Peter, who at first refused to believe the reports of resurrection. Peter, who refused to eat with Gentiles. This is Peter..broken, humiliated Peter.
Sometimes what we need more than anything else is a fresh awareness of brokenness…healed. That’s the picture Peter paints. You may have messed things up royally, but you can start all over. You can be born again. You get a new lease on life. You get a “do-over.” Jesus, in His incredible mercy and grace, gives you the chance to be redeemed. Jesus’ word has the power to totally transform your miserable, broken life into something powerful, incredible, mysteriously influential.
To follow the early Peter is to follow one who would make a mess of things. To follow the early Peter is to lead people to a narrow-minded, unreliable, self-congratulating, self-adulating, failure. But to follow broken Peter is to lead people to healing, health, holiness. It doesn’t take a genius to know which Peter to follow. It merely takes a humble heart.