Re:Verse reading–Matthew 16:13-26 (day one) “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (vs 16) “Never, Lord!” he said, “This shall never happen to you” (vs 22) It was a spectacular start and an equally spectacular stumble. Peter had just identified Jesus as the Christ. Already thinking higher and clearer than most of his contemporaries, he still had some learning to do. When Jesus began to talk about the cross and the resurrection, Peter’s reaction was less commendable. His reluctance is instructive. None of us should confuse one spiritual step (even a successful one) with the whole race. It is possible to pass first grade and fail second–especially if we refuse to learn or do homework. “I buffet my body. . .lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified” said Paul. (1 Corinthians 9:27) Want to follow Jesus? Don’t stop with one step. Every step is a commitment to continue with the next. Follow all the way!