The earliest Icon paintings of Peter, look alike. Found in Rome.
1 John 5:1-12
5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood.
And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself.
Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
The Graffiti matches Peter's home in Capernaum and his tomb in the Vatican. Witness to Jesus and the life of the people who loved Him.
Yesterday we spoke of how broad is the Salvation of Jesus Christ. God sized. God wants to save the world in Jesus.
And yet, when we get to the issues in life of faith and our faith walk with the wild winds of life howling - Jesus saw the world was not buying each other a Coke.
We had an evangelist come to HopePointe Anglican and he made the point that in life - we will all face something similar to Jesus because this is life.
When Jesus explained that the Body and Blood of the Messiah would be eaten in Communion - Jesus saw his 72 Disciples become 70 and then more left.
Jesus turned to the 12 and said, did they wish to leave.
Peter understood fully what Jesus had been saying.
Know the Scriptures the power of God
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
We bring to You, our inner self. Our Truth.
We look to Your Words for the Way.
Knowing by your Blood and Water at Jesus' Death - we are bought with a Price we cannot repay.
And You provide, by Your Word alone - Life.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand with Jesus the Lord. Jesus tells us His Joy.
Father we want to be covered in the Name of Jesus. You are our Righteousness.
Blessed be Jesus Christ. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †