“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a)
Jesus walked on the sea. Peter said, “…command me to come to You on the water.” (Matt 14:28) Peter (the only one to leave the boat) walked toward Jesus. But his eyes left the Lord and looked unto Peter. He sank. Jesus caught him.
On the night of the betrayal, Peter assured Jesus that he would stand even if all others fell. “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Matt 26:35) Peter determined to follow Jesus all the way. But his eyes left the Lord and looked unto Peter. He failed. Jesus later restored him.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit rushed upon all those gathered in the house. This commotion brought a huge crowd, with some mocking and questioned their sobriety. “But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and…” changed the world.
Peter changed the world by first being changed himself. Peter’s weight and ensnarement had been pride and self-dependence. But as he stood to deliver the great sermon at Pentecost he did so with a humble and steadfast faith in the risen Lord.
Who are we looking unto today? If it is any but Christ, we look in vain. But with eyes firmly looking unto Jesus, (the beginning and end of our faith), we too can be freed from that which weighs us down and ensnares us. We, like Peter, can be changed. We, like Peter, in the power of the Holy Spirit can stand up and – change the world.