Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Our contemporary culture spends an incredible amount of time pursuing truth claims. While they may not be overly concerned with the standards of evidence, there’s an ongoing fascination with the idea of who did what, why, and to what effect. At the same time, however, biblical Christianity is often dismissed out of hand. Why, after all, should anyone believe this religion of fools, based on some sort of fairy tale?
2 Peter 1:16-21 makes a very different claim. Peter, James, and John “were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (v. 16b, ESV). The apostles are reporting real events, things which happened to real people, at particular times, in clearly identified places, and which were well known to people of their time. There is no “once upon a time in a land far away” element to the Scripture. Christianity is not a vague, fairy tale belief, but a faith built on real events.
Peter’s conclusion based on his eyewitness experience is that Jesus is the very real Son of God, who shines with the Father’s glory. Furthermore, this is all according to the Scripture, which is the true revelation of God. Christians affirm these truths, of which Peter and many others were eyewitnesses. The evidence is overwhelming. In Christ, God has overcome sin and death, for you, just as He promised.
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