Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Peter


Peter was a fisherman who was called by Jesus Christ to be one of his disciples (Matthew 4:18,19).  Peter was the disciple who walked on the water with Christ (Matthew 14:28-31).  God revealed to Peter that Jesus was the messiah (Matthew 16:16-19). After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, Peter witnessed Jesus talking with Moses and Elias (Matthew 17:1-4). Peter denied that he ever knew Christ (Luke 22:51-62). Jesus knew that Peter would deny knowing him and yet he called Peter to be one of his disciples. Peter was a human being. Just like you and me. He boasted of his love for Jesus, however, at Jesus darkest hour Peter denied knowing him.  Jesus forgave Peter and Peter went on to boldly teach the things that he had seen and heard (Acts 4:18-21). What Peter needed to meditate on and realize in his heart was that Jesus loved him with a perfect love. All things were possible because Jesus loved him not because he loved Jesus. His love for Jesus was necessary but Jesus' love for him was the reason why Peter was blessed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus told Peter by what death he should glorify God (John 21:17-19). Peter wrote in II Peter 1:13 'Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;' You will find in I Peter the scripture that Peter wrote on how to love God as obedient children. [All scripture was taken from King James Version of the Holy Bible.]
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