If there was anyone who knew what it was like to need rescue and what it was like to be rescued, it was Simon whose name was changed by his Rescuer (and ours) to Peter. Like the other disciples, he was afraid when they saw what they thought was a ghost, walking toward them on the water. After Jesus immediately identified Himself and told them not to be afraid, Peter ventured out on the water and began walking to Jesus. That is until he took his eyes off of Jesus, began to sink, and cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” And Jesus did so immediately. One could safely say that this was a physical rescue.
Later, after he did what he had sworn he would not do, namely, deny Jesus, his actions again driven by fear, he needed to be rescued, this time from shame and pain. And Jesus rescued him once more, without him asking him to do so, at least out loud.// He made sure that Peter knew that there was forgiveness, and redemption, and restoration for Peter. First, He sent the message of His resurrection through the angel, “But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Peter’s Rescuer (and ours) mentioned him by name.
Sometime after sending the message, He would pose a question to Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” And by the end of their conversation commissioned him and, as He had done in their first encounter by the Sea of Galilee, called him to follow Him. And Peter did so to the point of dying a martyr’s death.
I am grateful that Jesus is still in the rescue business, as Lauren Daigle reminds us in her song, “Rescue.”
I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. The writing prompt is, “Rescue.” The content after the // was written and the links to the Scripture verses and video were added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.