Episode 6. Jesus & Peter
Jesus making a fisherman into a fisher of men, Luke 5:1-11
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God uses the simple things of the world to change the world.
Jesus saw success where Peter saw failure.
Jesus called Peter as he was, doubtful and simple, and showed him a great destiny: “You will be a fisher of men.”
Jesus demonstrates that he is Lord, also, of the sea and all in it. His miracle demonstrates his claim to divinity.
Jesus also reveals his life’s purpose here with the challenge: “You will be a fisher of men.” Jesus wants to rescue (save) humans and bring them into the Kingdom of God and into relationship with Him.
Peter, while doubtful at first, does demonstrate great awe and faith at witnessing one miracle. He does not know how God works through Jesus, only that he does. It is only after Jesus’ resurrection that Peter, and the other disciples, fully begin to understand who Jesus really is.
Christ’s model of love is revealed here. He met Peter’s need before communicating spiritual truths.
Questions to reflect upon:
The video clip does add lines not in the scripture. The two that are distinct are “I want to give you a new life” and “Change the world.”
- Do these lines reflect the heart of the biblical passage?
- In what way was this moment in Peter’s life the beginning of a new life for him?
- Why does the phrase “Change the world” explain Christ’s purpose on earth?
- What does Christ mean by being “a fisher of men?”
- Is this a calling for us as well as Peter?
- How can we be “fishers of men?”
Episode 6: Jesus' Baptism
John the Baptist baptizes Jesus Christ, Matthew 3:13-17
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Baptism is a public declaration of a private choice.
It is an act done as a reflection of the purification rights of the Jews: we do it to show we are clean and choose to stay pure.
We are choosing to die to the "old man" (in Paul's words) and be alive to the "new man." This is done by choosing, by faith, to accept Christ’s sacrifice for our lives. In baptism, we acknowledge we are accepting Christ’s death as our death to our old life and we are accepting Christ’s resurrection as the beginning of our new life.
It's the declaration of His Deity, it's also a declaration of our decision to follow Him.
John immediately recognizes Jesus as his cousin but also recognizes the divinity of Christ. For this reason, he attempts to discourage Christ from being baptized.
God’s power and His Spirit descend on Christ after Christ’s obedience to be baptized. The first step we must take in relationship to God is obedience.
The voice of God reaffirms the divine relationship between God and Christ. Christ’s divinity and claim as Son of God are confirmed in this.
We are reminded of Christ’s love for us. He sacrificed his own life for us.
Questions to reflect upon:
- What does it mean to die to the “old life” and begin the “new life”?
- Why was John hesitant to baptize Jesus?
- What do you think Christ meant by telling John that he (Christ) must be baptized to “fulfill all righteousness?”
- Have you been baptized? What was your experience of baptism?
- Why is necessary to have a “public declaration” of the “private choice” to follow Christ as Lord and Savior?