I know that some will dispute what I'm about to write, but here goes ..
Last time we were told to make every effort to build on our faith. This time Peter, who is shortly going to die, says he is going to make every effort. His task now is to make sure that those who follow him will always remember what he taught.
He wants us to know that he didn't make it up. He really knew Jesus. He really saw him in glory on a mountain top. He heard the voice saying, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
A generation later there was a man called Papias, who tells us that Mark's gospel was written by Peter's interpreter from the things that Peter remembered about Jesus. The point is the same: he didn't make it up.
Peter also wants us to know that the scriptures aren't the product of cleverly invented stories; they were inspired by God. As we will see in chapter four, this includes the letters written by the Apostle Paul.
And my job as a pastor is to keep reminding you of these things. Jesus lived. Jesus died. Jesus rose again. His kingdom is coming. not a cleverly invented story but the greatest truth of all.
5/10/2018 01:08:02 pm
In as much as we have been told at a very young age to always stick to the truth, there will always be people who will be very good with fabricating stories. This is not really an entirely bad thing especially if one is only doing this in the name of literature. With any art form, I don't think there is such thing as a "true story". Even the best realists have a way of twisting things to divert our attention from the real world which is actually bland and cruel. Again, if the only intent is to spice up the experience, as long as the act is not used for fraudulent transactions or criminal deed, for me it is perfectly acceptable.
9/2/2023 09:26:11 am
Loved reading thhis thank you
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