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Summary: Part 3 of the series The Da Vinci Code Faith, Fact or Fiction. Did Peter conspire against Mary as the true leader of the Church? Was Paul the woman hater some think he was? Was Mary really chosen as Jesus’ successor? We’ll explore it in The Truth abo

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The Truth About Peter, Paul and Mary

The Da Vinci Code Part 3

Text: Luke 1:1-4

As soon as I gave the message title, a large percentage of you immediately started murmuring “the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind” or “Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea…”, “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”, “rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham” or “no easy walk to freedom” Well, we’re not going to be talking about the four generation folk singing trio.

I want to take a look with you at another trio, not from the 1960’s but rather from the first century.

I think I can be safe in saying that this trio never sang together but they did have several other things in common.

So who were Peter, Paul and Mary?

If they didn’t sing together, what on earth are their significance to us today?

What’s this have to do with Dan Brown’s book or a centuries old ecclesiastical cover up?

One thing all three of these individuals had in common was that each of them had a close encounter with Jesus of Nazareth and that encounter altered their lives forever.

Now that you understand that I’m talking about three who lived over 2,000 years ago, I’m sure your mind is filling with some things you’ve read or heard about each of them.

Some perceptions we have of:

Peter

• Fisherman

• Hot head

• Denied Jesus

• Had “foot n mouth disease”

• Cut off a man’s ear

• First “Pope”

Paul

• Set out to kill Christians

• Got knocked off his high horse

• (unfairly) woman hater and

• Suppressed woman’s rights

Mary

• Delivered from seven demons

• Poor and destitute

• A prostitute

• (according to Brown) Jesus’ wife and mother

of his child.

Much like some of the “facts” resented in the Da Vinci Code, some of these details would use a little more detailed study. So this morning, let’s take a look at these three fascinating individuals and how they have influenced the church and the world.

Peter, The Fisher of Men

Peter and his brother Andrew were followers of John the Baptist. From scripture we learn that Peter was - well, rather bullheaded and set in his ways, but one meeting with Jesus was to change all of that. Not overnight, earlier I mentioned that Peter is remembered as hotheaded and quick to stick his foot in his mouth. He was so enraged the night of Jesus’ arrest that he cut a man’s ear off (That’s not what he was aiming for!). My greatest encouragement from Peter’s life is that we know about those characteristics of him AFTER he met Jesus.

There goes the thought that “I have to get myself straightened up before I go to church or can have a relationship with Christ”.

• Peter was the first to publicly identify Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God”

• He was one of the “inner three” disciples closest to Jesus (along with James and John)

• He was the first (of the Disciples) to see the empty tomb. (to John’s defense, he was a few years older)

Next week we are going to take a closer look at some of Brown’s claims regarding plots and conspericies about the Bible and Jesus, …. But for this morning, let me just say that:


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