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A Journey through the book of Genesiswith Willow Creek Community Church

Sometimes we pull a Peter...


Sometimes we pull a Peter...

Tyler Hoff

Jesus is the Messiah…but sometimes we Pull a peter.

Today’s reading includes one of the most powerful passages in the Bible – the Transfiguration.  This event is proof that Jesus is the Messiah.

Yesterday we read that Peter pronounced that Jesus was the Messiah and was blessed by Jesus for his faith.  And then directly following his profession he gets confused and makes a mistake about Jesus’s mission!  Peter, one of the disciples who lived with Jesus and taught others about him, still couldn’t figure out exactly who Jesus was and why he was on earth!

As a follower of Christ, we too “pull a Peter” once in a while, don’t we?  Have you ever doubted who Jesus is or the power he has?  Maybe you’ve doubted His power by limiting your faith or not surrendering every area of your life to him? 

The Transfiguration is important to us as believers because God provides us with the proof on top of a mountain that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  We can be confident to know that Jesus was sent to earth to pay the price for our sins and create a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with God.  We couldn’t do this if Jesus wasn’t the Messiah – and this passage proves that he is. 

Although we might go through times of confusion or questioning, we know that Jesus is the Son of God who came here to redeem us from our sins.  He forgives us when we falter and helps us find our way when we question.  When we place our faith in Him we are secured a place in Heaven.

A safe place for questions…

As a family, create a safe place for kids to ask questions about who Jesus was.  For many kids, they are afraid to ask questions or express doubt because they don’t want to challenge their parents or Promiseland teachers.  It’s important for kids to understand who Jesus is and what he did for them.  For many kids, this understanding can only come after they’ve had an opportunity to talk about some of the doubts or questions they have.  Parents, spend time asking your kids if they are confused about any of the things they’ve been reading.  Provide them with a safe place to wrestle through their doubts and be patient in helping them discover who Jesus really is!