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Peter - Revelation and Expectation (Chapter 3)

So often, as was the case for Peter, what we receive by way of revelation is interpreted through our expectation. Revelation 'cones' from the future; it meets expectation (formed by our past understanding / experience) and that often then determines what we consider the outcome will be.

With reference to the former chapter on Judas I am sure this principle had been the factor for Judas too. Judas 'saw' who Jesus was and realised all he needed was a helping hand! We see this very clearly with Peter who corrects Jesus when he says he will be handed over to death. Not so Lord - that is not the path for the Messiah!

Peter later denied Jesus, three times. (Again not so different to Judas.) His denial was in the location of religious power. The powers that came together that crucified Jesus were the religious and the political powers. These two powers will come up throughout these booklets. One was centred in Jerusalem, the other in Rome. Powers that control operate the same way as an Imperial spirit does.

With an 'imperial spirit' there are a few at the centre / top who promise great benefits to those who comply, but the real benefits flow back to the centre. If one does not comply there will be marginalisation - the ultimate being that of death. In complying there might be the appearance of benefits, but not to the level of expressing one's true identity and destiny. Activity and acceptance is found in being subject to and serving the power. Intimidation is one of the elements pulled on to ensure there is no stepping out of line. It was this that confronted Peter and had him deny Jesus.

The alarm clock sounded for Peter. The restoration process began, and again this is another reason why I consider that for Judas there could have been a similar journey. Yet, as we will explore in the next chapter Peter would not now be perfect in his response. The number 3 being a key for getting his attention. He faced it again with the vision from heaven and the three-times repetition of the vision.

Questions to consider:

  • As you read the chapter consider how close the paths that both Peter and Judas were on. How does the concept of understanding that Jesus was the Messiah and therefore out of commitment to him they wanted to steer him to help him fulfil his destiny?
  • Do you think we can care more about how Jesus looks that he is? That we are more concerned about his success than he is? And is it his success, or we want to be on the looking good side of things?
  • What ways do the powers intimidate... does the description of the Imperial spirit resonate? And how should that differ from activity of the church (body of Christ) to effectively release identity and destiny?
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