I must admit, sometimes I get lost! Last Saturday some friends and I went up to Bunnell to help a brother-in-Christ moving into the area. To make a long story short, I got lost. We could not find our way. All of us have those kinds of stories. I arrived after many minutes of frustration. Why was I frustrated? Because I did not know the way.
As a Christian I am safe in the arms of God Almighty. He knows all about me. He knows my name (John 10:3), He has counted my hairs (Matthew 10:30) and He knows the way that I take (Job 23:10). He is a wonderful Savior!
He knew the path that His Son would take. Preordained by the Father was the sacrifice of His Son on the cross for our sins (Genesis 3:15, Revelation 13:8). He knew the path His Son would take, and I submit to you that He knows the path that all of His sons should take. We are blessedly secure in His hands.
In Matthew chapter sixteen, Christ said to Peter, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (17-18). This was the fulfillment of what Christ said to Peter upon Peter’s introduction to Christ. The Lord Jesus said to him in John 1:42, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas. This changing of identity indicated the greatness to which Peter would rise. The Lord Jesus knew what Peter would be for the cause of Christ.
Were there hiccups along the way? Sure. In Luke 22:31 Christ said to Peter, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But i have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Our blessed Lord knew that Peter was headed to a pressure-cooker of temptation, and He knew that Peter would wilt under the pressure; but read on. The Lord Jesus knew that he would repent and use that experience to strengthen his brethren.
It was Peter who in Acts chapter two stood with the filling of the Holy Spirit and preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and three thousand souls came to know Christ Jesus as their Savior. The Lord knew where he was headed; Peter simply had to trust him and walk by faith.
John chapter twenty-one gives us the last insight into Peter’s relationship with Christ. Upon his third confession to Christ, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee, Jesus says to him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, FOLLOW ME.
The Lord Jesus in tenderness tells Peter of his death. This man, strong, brutish, self-sufficient, capable, would be dressed and led around by others. In this, however, the Lord says, He should glorify God.
Peter was a picture of all of us. He says in this situation to Christ concerning John, Lord, and what shall this man do? How silly we are to compare the magnificent plan of God for our lives to the plan of God for other’s lives! Christ says to Him again, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? FOLLOW THOU ME. God has a masterful plan for your life. Peter could not live John’s life, nor could John live Peter’s. God Himself has a masterplan for each of us individually.
Thank God, He knows where I am going, and I do, too. I am headed to Heaven arm-in-arm with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).