Oxymoron… It’s a funny name and it often makes for funny jokes. Such as, why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? It makes me think things such as “acute dullness, baggy tights, and eyes wide shut.”
It’s a little less humorous though when speak of our responsibility as disciples of Christ and our obedience to His Lordship.
Consider that amazing day when Jesus rocked (no pun intended) Peter’s world with some of His life-changing truths. Well, that could be found on many days, but I speak of the one from the sixteenth chapter of Matthew. Peter was just given the privilege of unveiling the identity of Jesus; “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (16).”
It is then that Jesus reveals the source of empowerment to have such knowledge. Jesus tells Peter that God Himself shared this ever-pertinent information with him. Might I add: that’s a very good thing! Peter is on a fast-track to stardom!
Hold on there a wee little moment though… in exactly six short verses, we are going to find out that Peter gets his information from another party equally well. Only this time… it won’t be a very good thing.
In the handful of verses between, Jesus reveals His mission to go to the cross and die to which Peter responds, “Never, Lord! (22)”
Did you catch it? …The oxymoron I mean? “Never… Lord?”
Should those two words be used in the same sentence? We might respond to a subordinate, “No way, don’t do it,” and “don’t you dare!” Can we respond to One whose title is Lord this way?
In reality, when the Master bids us… we say “Yes, Sir!” Come now, let us reason together… is there really such things as insincere vows.