Today, Tomorrow, and Forever
by M. A. Jollay
Chapter One: And Peter!
is not here. He is risen. Go tell the disciples -- and Peter!"
the morning of the resurrection, Peter had special attention from
the Lord. He needed it! Had he not, after his boastfully expressed
confidence, three times denied the Saviour? -- even had cursed and
sworn he didn't know Him?
Peter was still precious to Jesus. Jesus knew Peter. He knew very
part of his personality. He knew that on one day he would indeed
become the stone of His prediction. Not the Petra Stone, for that
was the Saviour Himself. But the Petros Stone, the "Little"
stone, and yet, of the same character and strength of the Mighty
took Peter some time, even after the resurrection of Christ, to
come into a true pattern of spiritual life and strength. Not until
Pentecost did he really seem to take hold. The secret, of course,
was the Holy Spirit's presence, now come to abide -- in Peter, and
in all believers who would accept this new power from on high.
would be interesting if we had the running account of Peter's ministry
through to its' end, but little is known of his mission following
his miraculous deliverance from prison at the time of his arrest
by King Herod. I am sure it was eventful, both in the hazards faced
and the mighty works wrought by this great man of God.
since we do not have the continuous history of Peter’s action,
we must content ourselves to the study of the epistles he wrote.
Perhaps in the long run this is best. Objective truth is always
stronger than the subjective, even though it may be harder to understand.
the disciples -- and Peter!"
Peter! That is good! To this crucial turning point, we owe his epistles.
And you detected it in the first words he writes in this, his first,
an apostle of Jesus Christ . . . "
St. John who, in his epistles, addressed himself as "an elder,"
Peter describes himself in a way appearing, on the surface, astute,
was he that? Yes! Every inch an apostle!
brings us to determine, what is an apostle?
have a way of vaunting themselves, taking on both medals and meaning
through the ages, never intended, until their whole purpose has
given way to a distorted aggrandizement.
it is true that even in ancient Hebrew tradition, they bedecked
their priestly ministers in sacred, even costly attire, and meticulously
regarded rank and honor in titles conferred and power authorized,
that usually was the area of their spiritual deficit. The thrust
of divine life and flaming revelation of the divine will usually
came from the wilderness prophet who, clothed in crude camel hair
garments and the dust of desert solitude, fearlessly proclaimed
the will of God. They sought no honor and accepted none.
Baptist came forth likewise. He had no title. He did not even dignify
himself with a common name. The people asked of him at his wilderness
"Who art thou, so we may give an answer?" (to the religious
hierarchy that sent us?)
an opportunity for John to have spread it on thick! But John simply
am a voice -- the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight
the way of the Lord.' Every valley shall be filled up, and every
mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall become
straight and the rough roads smooth; and all flesh shall see the
salvation of the Lord." (John 1:19-23; Luke 3:4-6 RSV)
did they see? An institution? Not at all! Then did they see a man,
John? No, much more!
would be revealed the man Christ Jesus, whom John was about to introduce.
In this man lies our salvation still.
turn to page two of TODAY, TOMORROW, and FOREVER
of M. A. Jollay by Lee Cantelon, Christ Church study, Washington,