Peter’s story

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My brother Andrew introduced me to the teacher, “We have found the Messiah!” (John 1:35-40)

We were simple fishermen. Why should we be chosen to join him?

Our lives were completely changed. We never knew what might happen next.

When he healed my mother-in-law of a fever, I could hardly believe my eyes. She was out of bed and waiting on all of us as if she had never had a day’s illness in her life.

He gave me a new name. I was Simon, but he called me Peter, the Rock. He gave us a new job description as well. Instead of catching fish, he made us fishers of men. There were extreme highs and an especially extreme low. We stood on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah.

I hate to think about my part in the lowest time. My promise, which I really meant, failed completely. Fear is a strong enemy. I didn’t think I would ever forgive myself for denying that I knew my dearest friend.

But he forgave me and restored me. I had to put the past behind me and move forward into the new life his resurrection brought. Resurrection? Yes! And Ascension. I saw him leave with my own eyes.

Then the Day of Pentecost came. Being with Jesus had given us a new sense of purpose and being valued, but the Holy Spirit gave us power – power to speak and to bring his healing love to others. (And to make some enemies as well, but we had been warned.)

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

 I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My P post from 2013 does not mention Peter



R is for Redeemer

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter R

If the letter Q had a shortage of names, R more than compensates!

Redeemer is a name of God.  The prophet Isaiah wrote the lovely words, “I know that my redeemer lives”.  A redeemer is someone who buys someone or something back.  In the Old Testament there were rules about who could redeem a piece of land.  The book of Ruth has only four chapters and tells a wonderful story of loss followed by redemption.  Have a look at it yourself – you won’t be disappointed if you do, but I will if you don’t!

Rabbi is a word for teacher.  People addressed Jesus as Rabbi as a mark of respect.

Resurrection is something Jesus claimed to be.  He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  John 11:25.  This is often used at the beginning of a funeral service.  Before his own resurrection from the dead, Jesus’ raising of three other people is reported in the gospels.  One was Jairus’ daughter Luke 8:40-56.  There was the widow’s son Luke 7:11-17.  Lazarus had been dead for four days.  John 11:38-44

Refuge is a word, which appears many times in the Old Testament.  Often it is in a statement of faith: The Lord is my refuge.  A refuge is a safe place to retreat to.

Rock is another word associated with God – something to build a safe place on, perhaps.  Psalm 94:22 includes both Refuge and Rock.

Righteous God is used more than once in the Bible.  Isaiah 45:21 is an example.

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