In John’s writings, we are told that following the Crucifixion, as dawn broke on the Sabbath almost 2000 years ago, Mary Magdalene went with Mary (mother of Jesus) with spices to the tomb. When they arrived, they found the stone rolled away. Mary Magdalene ran and woke Simon Peter and John to tell them that Jesus’ body had been stolen. He and Peter sprinted to the tomb, with John arriving first and waiting, but Peter surging through the door on his arrival. On his arrival they found Jesus body missing. It was only after Mary Magdalene returned and went in that she saw Jesus, and then carried word of His ressurrection back to the apostles.

In this morning’s sremon, my pastor pointed out that typical of their characters, on arrival at the tomb, John waited and Simon Peter rushed in. Throughout Jesus’ life, we see Simon Peter rush in multiple times. Peter rushed to proclaim Him the Messiah. Peter was the one over the side of the ship to walk on water to Jesus. Peter sliced the ear off the Roman Guard in defence(?) of Jesus. Peter was the impetuous one. John was the reserved one.

Look at the men you surround yourself with. Is not at least one of your friends the “Peter” of the group? Isn’t there one who always rushes in? If you can’t figure out who it is, it’s probably you. This is the guy who is always out front, sometimes more than a few steps ahead, and this is the guy who fails in his endeavors often and always risks the most. But this is also usually the guy who succeeds when no one else even risked it.

Look again at Peter. How often do you think that Peter was left with his foot in his mouth, but look at what he was in the front of as well.

Jesus named Peter as the rock that He would build the Church on. Jesus called Peter from the boat. Jesus lifted Peter up as a leader. If you were among the apostles, would you have been the one he called? I look to these stories and see a bit of myself. I am the one that will rush in without thought. I’ll take the chances, but that doesn’t make me better than any other man. God has created each of us to fill a different role. While Peter was called to be the impetuous one who risked it all for every gain, John was reserved and died of old age (He is thought to have written Revelation long after Peter was martyred) after sharing Jesus’ message for many more years than the other Apostles.

Even the personality shown by Thomas is shown to be a necessary one, as he is the one who’s questions may have brought us the most knowledge in Jesus’ answers throughout Gospel. God has created each of these personalities for a reason. It is important for you, as a man, to know your personality and how it can be used to further His kingdom. Peter, the impetuous hothead was also the leader of the Church in Acts. Saul, the learned persecuter of the Christians was also Paul, the author of the majority of the New Testament. John, the patient one who waited for Peter to rush into the tomb, is also the one who wrote the most theologically interpretive Gospel (as well as Revelation, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John).

So what personality are you? As we celebrate the risen Christ and the empty tomb, are you the one who charged in the door or did you wait for someone else to do it?

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

Comments
  1. Kevin Adams says:

    Funny a guy named Paul is like Peter 🙂 Actually i’m with you Paul i am much more like peter myself – the guy who was willing to kill to defend Jesus one moment and then didnt know him the next. But in the end that heart was molded into one of the greatest men ever – passionate for the Lord like few others. Great post brother – keep it up!

    Kevin

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