I’m a big fan of book ends.
They aren’t a hobby, I’m not a collector, and I don’t have a cabinet displaying my collection. I just like them. They do a good job of doing what they were designed to do.
They can be made of wood, metal, or stone. They can be ornate or plain. They come in all sizes, colors, and textures. On second thought, maybe I’ll start collecting book ends. But, probably not.
A Different Kind
The apostle Peter, like all of us, had his struggles. He was at times proud, egocentric, and presumptuous. He was famous for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
He and I could have been twins.
From John 1:42
“Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas.’”
Then, from John 21
“Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”
“Again, Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me?’”
“A third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’”
When Jesus spoke to Simon the first time, he used his formal name and said that his name would change to Cephas. Simon would become a Rock, known in the Greek as Peter.
When Jesus spoke to Simon for the last time, he used his formal name again and asked a question three times. But having denied his Lord three times, Simon wasn’t ready to become the Rock, and so he gave answers that were less than Jesus was looking for. Or maybe not, maybe Jesus was pleased that Peter, at last, had demonstrated humility.
Jesus and Simon began and ended with, “Simon, Son of John.”
When Mom was upset she would say,
“Richard Neil Fyffe come in here right now.”
Odd that they called me Rick unless something was wrong, and there was always something wrong, and then it was my full name. Why do parents do that?
Simon was weak sometimes, but he eventually became the Rock. He strengthened his brothers after the crucifixion, organized the replacement for Judas, kept the disciples together in the upper room, and was the key speaker on the day of Pentecost. He became the man Jesus had envisioned.
Book ends. They frame the outside edges of whatever’s in the middle. What are you on your way to becoming? How is Jesus shaping your life? Can you see it?