[random notes: the passion]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • So funny you bring this topic up. I am a small group leader at my church (I got to Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis) for preschool kids and the lesson was on Peter denying Jesus. Poor Peter. I think I would be like Peter. Peter isn't all bad though. In the end of John, I think, Jesus redeems Peter and its so beautiful. For every time that Peter denied Jesus, Jesus said "Peter, do you love me?" I think Jesus was saying I forgive you Peter and I want to make sure your faith is really strong, not with just words, but with deed too. And then we know that Peter dies on a cross, upside down because He doesn't feel worthy to die like Jesus did. And Peter learned his lesson. I think that the disciples all probably were smarter than I am and more willing to follow than I am sometimes. Maybe I'd be the one who didn't believe? Thankfully, I don't have to find out…LOL

    • Oh yeah, Peter is cool, i really like Peter (well, when he didn't act out of "gotta-say-something-since-i-cannot-remain-quiet" trait of his character). If there was any indicator that Jesus really rose from the dead (among all other), it was the change in Peter (as well as other disciples, but Peter's example was especially awesome)…

      I love that passage in John. I wrote a blog post about it and there was one very interesting comment to it, by Herb.
      http://nazareneblogs.org/zenichka/2010/02/23/agap

  • I used to think of this a lot Zee. I was arrogant and proud and often said, "Huh. I wouldn't do what Peter did." Then I did it. "I wouldn't do what the rest of the disciples did…run away." Then I did. All of a sudden I realized that I am NO different than them…just moved ahead 2000 years. When I realized that I began to say, "I would hope I would not do that" but then I did (even with all my hoping and my 20/20 view. I now know that I would and simply pray that if the opportunity shows itself that I will be faithful to Him.

    • Yes, i, too, believe that prayer is the only tool we can use in this kind of situations… no wonder Jesus told his disciples "Watch and pray that you would not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh [and mind – my addition] is weak."

  • I agree with Bill – (BTW second comment today on a blog where I said that – not too sure what that says about me :- ) ) I used to have that proud answer where I not do what they did but over the years I have realized that I have done the same as them in a less hostile environment. I do pray that I would be faithful.

    • you know the saying "great minds think alike" 😉 i think that's the case with you and Bill 😉

  • I third Bill! I have definitely been a Peter in this situation on more than one occasion. I pray daily for a faith that allows me to stand my ground and say, "I'm with Jesus!"

    • haha, the phrase "to third someone" has gained popularity, eh? 😀

      amen to that prayer, brother.

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