Mar 16, 2016
On May 13th, 1940, Winston Churchill, the newly-elected Prime Minister of Britain, delivered a memorable speech to the Ministers of the Admiralty and the House of Commons. At war with Nazi Germany, Britain had one aim: victory. Chilling words followed, however, as he orated: "I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears, and sweat." They bellowed across the cities and throughout the countryside uniting the Brits in shared sacrifice for a common purpose.
Centuries before, Peter learned that discipleship in Christ would be realized through blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Peter is the disciple most frequently mentioned in the Gospel narratives, but he doesn't come off very well in them. In fact, the Evangelists paint a rather unflattering picture of him. Peter is supposed to exemplify discipleship to the others. But instead, one gets the impression that he is quite a flawed person, found wanting in moral depth, prudence, and humility. We witness his character profile from the Lord's call to his failures, and from his leadership to martyrdom.
Stilling of the Storm