29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?”
And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
"Because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.”
So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him,
“We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.
He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
We see in John's Gospel Chapter One, right from the very beginning - Jesus is called by Andrew "Messiah." This is an amazing claim. Andrew has found John the Baptist to be Spiritually amazing and has followed John the Baptist as a Prophet of the Most High God. Andrew has inquired and searched his heart and determined after a few short hours, "Jesus is the Savior Son of God."
John wastes no time in saying in Chapter 4, Jesus has boldly and without preamble announced He is the Christ to the Samaritan woman.
48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Why is the Profession of Faith and Belief of Peter so acknowledged?
Perhaps because Jesus tells of Peter's roll which was prophetically filled. Then again, Jesus tells us of Amazing 2,000 tear old Church yet to have been even discussed. This is told over and over - Peter acknowledges Christ Jesus as God.
Peter has followed Jesus with fear, awe, wonder and has found Jesus to be the Word of Life.
Peter has first hand, eyewitness to the Works of God. And has worked through with blessed eyes seeing God.
What would Peter choose to say about Jesus, what would be the most important things Peter would see?
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
1 Peter 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
God who renews us to start again. And we should be mindful of God's Profound Mercy.
1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
1 Peter 1:9
For you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 2:11
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:9
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
When Jesus and His chosen Disciples set out to tell us about the Journey of Faith, Peter wanted us first to be mindful of the Journey, to establish the goal and the framework God was establishing.
And Jesus told us several times about emotions. Jesus said we could have anger and that's was fine, just don't sin. Jesus encouraged us to not have fears. Jesus continued to work with His chosen through their fear. Jesus told us we are not responsible for words and actions of others. Jesus told us we are responsible for the words and deeds we put forth.
Father God, an interesting example of rubber and glue.
14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”
17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”
Jesus is our Lord God and we bless You Father, You meet, fill and bestow with all of Your Favor. Jesus as Savior of all the World. Jesus bless us with forgiveness of our personal sins and flaws. Thank You for Your mercy to me and to the ones I love and we cover the people You have given us.
And this follows along perfectly with the teaching of Jesus' Peter.
Thank You, Jesus for covering us with Love and Mercy. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †