Day 46 | Thou Art the Christ
June 14, 2015 - WEEK SEVEN
Titian, Carrying of the Cross,
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Why do you think it took multiple tries on Jesus’ part to heal the blind man? How does that apply to our lives and efforts to be healed?
- What does it mean for a person to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow [Christ]”?
- Why do you think Jesus waited so long to speak plainly to the apostles about His trial, crucifixion, and resurrection?
Peter was, in President Kimball’s words “a diamond in the rough—a diamond that would need to be cut, trimmed, and polished by correction, chastisement, and trials—but nevertheless a diamond of real quality.” Time was short. Jesus prepared Peter as quickly as possible for the call to come.
Launch out into the deep! Peter could not have known the ever-widening circles that single command would make in the stream of his plain and simple life. He was launching out into the expanse of godliness, into the eternal possibilities of redeemed and celestial life. He would be learning the mysteries of the kingdom. He would be hearing unspeakable things. To launch out into that limitless sea of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Peter brought his craft to shore, turned his back on the most spectacular single catch ever taken from Galilee, “forsook all, and followed him” (Luke 5:11).
From that moment on Jesus taught and trained Peter at every opportunity. He walked with him in the hills outside Capernaum. He sat with him beside the sea they both loved so much. Jesus stayed in Peter’s home, ate at his table, gave blessings to his family and friends….
When Jesus asked his disciples, “Whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter could not be restrained. With a conviction born not of reason or signs but of undeniable revelation from God, Peter burst forth: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:15, 16) (Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Lengthening Shadow of Peter,” Ensign, September 1975, 47–49).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Would you have answered the same as Peter did?
- How was Peter like Joseph Smith?