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). I believe that Peter knew in his heart that Christ wanted him to live rather than die with him that day. Peter was called to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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. Peter tells us that we are a chosen generation in I Peter 2:9,10, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.’
[All scripture was taken from King James Version of the Holy Bible.]
Written By: Lisa Collier Clewis