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Good ole Peter

When it comes to disciples mentioned often in the New Testament and in our preaching, it is our dear friend Peter.  I think on some level most of us can identify with Peter.  Too often he is remembered as the disciple who denied Jesus three times or the disciple who after seeing the transfiguration declares that they should build three altars right on the spot, an idea which Luke a few years later decided to make fun of him for.

But in today’s lectionary reading, John 6:60-71, Peter makes good.  John 6 contains Jesus’ highly offensive teaching that to be saved one must eat his body and drink his blood – a teaching that offends many who are listening and causes other to say, “This teaching is difficult.”  However, after much of the crowd as left and only the 12 disciples remain Jesus asks them, “are you going to leave too?”  Then Peter replies with a simply beautiful statement:

“Lord, to whom can we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God”

May the church of Jesus Christ never forget that Peter was right – it is Jesus Christ alone who offers the church life.

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