What a great honor it must have been to be one of the twelve apostles. Peter loved Jesus very much and his heart was in the right place but when push came to shove he froze and denied knowing Jesus because of fear for his own life. The apostles had become comfortable by Jesus side and seeing his miracles I think they believed that everything would work out smoothly but when the high priest guards took Jesus away I think they all realized that things were going to be different and feared the unknown.
Another point that I felt was important about Peter was that after the resurrection Jesus asked him if he loved him three times and Peter answered yes twice and the third time Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Peter was one of the sons of Jonas and the brother of Andrew. His trade was that of a fisherman in partnership with his brother Andrew, and friends James and John. He was not an educated man but he was sharp and very dedicated in his beliefs. His heart felt emotions were strong and usually his reactions were controlled from them. Peters heart was an example of the beatitude, which talks of someone who is pure in heart he, was motivated from the inside out. Peter was a very bold and straight forward man with a short temper and shows this several different times within his life. He was not afraid to speak when his heart led him.
One of these times was when he sees Jesus walking on the sea and asks him to if he can join him. Another was when he tries to change Jesus mind about the tribulations he will endure Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou mindest not the things of God, but the thins of men.Jesus is washing the disciples feet and he starts to wash Peters and Peter tells him that does not believe Christ should be washing his feet. Peter cuts off the right ear of Malchus at Gethsemane when he believes that he has come to harm Jesus. As Peter matured and learned from the Master I agree with Alexander Whyte that Peters too-hot heart was gradually brought under control till it became the seat in Peters bosom of a deep, pure, deathless love and adoration for Jesus Christ. BibliographyCoggins, RichardWhos Who in the Bible(Barnes & Noble Books) 1981Cruden, Alexander A.
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