He Loves Us
introducing the apostles Peter and Andrew
Sermon based on Luke 22:31-33, 54-62;
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Peter and Andrew were brothers but they seem to have been quite different.
Andrew was the one that discovered Christ first; he had been a disciple of
John the Baptist. He saw Jesus for the first time when John baptized him
in the river Jordan and called him the “Lamb of God.” It was Andrew that
made the astonishing statement that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah.
He brought his brother Peter to Jesus, and both of them followed him and
became disciples and, later, apostles. Andrew seemed to be a deep thinker
theologically, whereas Peter often seemed to have made confessions before
he truly understood.
One time, Peter repeated his brother Andrew’s words
when Jesus asked: “who do you think I am?” Peter blurted out: “you are
the Messiah, the son of the living God!” Only, it turns out he didn’t
really understand what exactly these words meant, because when he opposed
Jesus’ next words about having to suffer and die, he said: never! And
remember what Jesus said? “Get behind me Satan.” I can imagine Andrew
rolling his eyes thinking: “that’s my loud-mouthed brother!”
And it’s not like Peter takes this lesson to heart
for next time. He just continues to speak up boisterously. At the Last
Supper, when Jesus talked about how all of the disciples would be failing
him, Peter swore: “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to
death.” And Jesus answered him, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster
crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” ......
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