Everyone knows that I love Ford vehicles. I love their cars, I love their trucks, I even love their tractors! This is not a love affair with some nostalgic family memory. My family had vehicles of most brands. All brands have their lemons, so you really have to remove the extremes from the equation and look at the normative. That’s why I like Fords. By and large, they seem to be of better manufacturing quality than other similar brands (not talking about luxury or pseudo-luxury brands). Trim stays put, doors close with a satisfying soft thunk (not a clack or smack or clunk), and when they do need repair, the parts cost a little more, but they are so easy to work on. If you disagree, I would advise you to stay away from the display at the ford dealership comparing build quality between brands – your world will be forever shaken (smile). The bottom line: I’m a Ford man.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)
Peter was a Jesus man. He was a zealot who found the answer to his restless soul in Jesus. People talk about how “radical” Jesus was, and he was definitely a “different” kind of leader. But, there were far more “radical” people around during that period of time. Many “messiahs” had come who vied for the loyalty of the people, promising revolt and revolution. There were certainly more “zealous” personalities that he could have followed. Yet, he chose Jesus.
I can imagine there were times when he thought Jesus should have been more forceful, more reactionary. Yet, he stayed with Jesus. Even when he was weak and dropped the ball (John 18:25-27), that rooster’s call reminded him why he could not let this mistake be the last word. And when Jesus met him for breakfast that morning on the beach (John 21:15-19), he had already made up his mind that he was a Jesus man – he just did not yet know how far he would be willing to go.
Peter knew from experience who Jesus was -the Son of God. He failed Jesus, but Jesus never failed him. Peter is a Jesus man.
I know from experience who Jesus is – the Son of God. I’ve failed Jesus, but Jesus has never failed me. I’m a Jesus man.