Dec 17: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible?

12-17-10:

Even in the face of being betrayed by one of his best friends, Jesus faithfully continued the task given to him. Mark 14:17-26

There are just some things that we have to carry for ourselves, no matter how much those closest to us want to help. Mark 14:27-31

When you feel that living life is a worse sentence then death, just keep praying and surviving moment by moment. Mark 14:34

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • pm

    Andrew wrote: There are just some things that we have to carry for ourselves, no matter how much those closest to us want to help. This was pertaining to: Mark 14:27-31 KJV
    “And Jesus saith unto them, ‘All ye shall
    be offended because of me this night: for
    it is written, I will smite the shepherd,
    and the sheep shall be scattered. [28] But
    after that I am risen, I will go before you
    into Galilee.’ [29] But Peter said unto him,
    ‘Although all shall be offended, yet [will]
    not I.’ [30] And Jesus saith unto him,
    ‘Verily I say unto thee, That this day,
    [even] in this night, before the cock crow
    twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.’ [31] But
    he spake the more vehemently, ‘If I should
    die with thee, I will not deny thee in any
    wise.’ Likewise also said they all.”

    My take on this is two-fold. First, the declaration by Peter that he would be the exception to the ‘all’ that Jesus spoke about really revealed how he saw himself as invulnerable and therefore completely above the others. Wasn’t he the one who received a direct word while on the mountain of transfiguration? Wasn’t he the one who received the keys of binding and loosening based on his revealed answer to Jesus?

    I view this as one very priviledged desciple who knew what it took to stand with his LORD as a loyal friend. Nevertheless, such love would become tested to the extreme later that night. It would take Greater Love than this form of loyalty.

    Second, Peter saw himself as a unifying role model with strong leadership. He knew he needed to step-up to this challenge and he was willing to volunteer himself for taking charge. This dedication to taking the lead would also be tested beyond his wildest imagination that night as well.

    Jesus asked His disciples to believe, not lead. The LORD would send His Spirit who would lead us into all truth and rememberances. He asked them to receive, not just be loyal.

    Jesus would be risen as the Good Shepherd. Let us not deny His Leadership, His Calling based on His Love to sustain us when we are tested to the point of breaking apart. Let us endure with patience and find favor with God.

    • Geoff G.

      Peter saw himself as a unifying role model with strong leadership. He knew he needed to step-up to this challenge and he was willing to volunteer himself for taking charge. This dedication to taking the lead would also be tested beyond his wildest imagination that night as well.

      Matthew, of course, has a similar passage at 26:31-35

      And yet in Matthew at least, didn’t Peter perhaps have some expectation of of taking on this role? Matthew 16:17-19 (where Peter receives his name) as you yourself say.

      Is it not possible that Peter could not have taken on this role as the “rock” of the church if he had, in fact, remained faithful that night, since he might have been put to death before his time?

      In that interpretation, might not Jesus have used this prophecy to offer Peter a way out of the conundrum and preserve his future role?

      • pm

        Great line of inquiry, Geoff G! I have not considered
        this connection previously. I was viewing the exchange
        listed in Mark 14 as a follow-up or expansion of the
        general clue-less-ness of Peter listed in John 13 verses
        4 through 11.

        I believe Peter wanted despertly to determine who was
        ‘unclean’ and therefore become the source of eliminating
        any betrayal. It was completely consistant with the revelation
        later about changes in this new covenant to begin including
        Gentiles (unclean) into the Kingdom. Peter needed to learn
        how issues of unclean, betrayal and inclusion into the Kingdom
        would ultimately not be based on stereotypes, cultural bias or
        his own level of personal control.

        In this way, Peter’s struggle for recognizing this change would
        help him get past the class-warfare issues. I see how Peter’s
        heart was in the right place and how he fiercely defended his
        LORD with his very life. It was not enough, however, to battle the
        onslaught of evil heading towards Jesus.

        Peter needed to cease from his own control issues and find a
        new place of trust in Him. He encountered such interpersonal
        collapse, bitterness and acknowledgement that his own issues
        were a source of betrayal against his own loyalty, his own sense
        of right and wrong, his own place as leader.


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