Saturday: January 4, 2020
John 1:42 Then Andrew took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “Your name is Simon son of John, but you will be called Cephas.” (This is the same as Peter and means “a rock.”)
When you meet someone for the first time, you make an initial assessment based on what is seen. It is rare for people to look beyond the physical unless they have genuine interest in knowing more. To know more therefore, we ask questions in our bid to find out information that is relevant. But today, we see something different – knowing without asking questions.
John describes the first encounter between Jesus and Peter, and Jesus makes a conclusion without asking questions: ‘your name will be Cephas’.
It is evident that in Peter, Jesus saw more than what the ordinary eye would. He saw a rock when everyone would have seen just the fishermen.
So, my dear, I mean YOU – Jesus has seen you. When he did, He did not see only your brokenness and weaknesses, but the inherent strength and abilities He has given. He did not see your current state to pass you by, but has stopped by because He sees the tomorrow He has planned out for you. And that plan is a beautiful one.