This Sunday we’ll be returning to our study in 2 Peter – reading ch 1:16-21.
There are some events that I’ve witnessed in my life that are indelibly etched into my memory. I still remember with distinct clarity watching the TV in horror as the first WTC tower went down. If someone were to come along a few years from now and claim that it never happened…I’d just smile and say, “You’re wrong, I saw it happen”.
But someone could respond “You saw an image on TV, and those can be manipulated”. I’d have to concede that possibility, but then I’d point to all the people in New York that lived through that fateful day – the multitudes of eyewitnesses – their testimony would carry a lot of weight.
By the time Peter is writing this second letter, you get the idea that people are already starting to reevaluate the timetable of Jesus’ kingdom project. This was taking a lot longer than anyone expected it to. Peter is now faced with a fresh crop of teachers, people farther removed from the original events of Jesus’ ministry who are starting to twist and question the veracity of the gospel story.
Peter’s answer to them is “You’re wrong, I saw and heard it all, I was there”.
As we read what Peter says in this text, how would you apply this to your present life? Jesus’ ministry was 2K years ago – so what personal testimony could you give in support of your faith?
Peter talks about the prophetic word, which would probably be talking about the messages we now hold to as the Old and New Testament. If someone asked you if the Bible is true – how would you answer, and what support would you provide for your answer?
These are challenging thoughts – stuff we really NEED to take the time to wrestle with. Hope you can be with us on Sunday….and bring your wrestling shoes as we grapple with some heavyweight thoughts.