Peter in the Bible
The apostle Peter was a fisherman that we read about in the New Testament Gospels. Jesus Christ chose him to be one of his apostles. He had a brother that Jesus Christ also called to be an apostle named Andrew.
Jesus said to Peter, “On this rock, I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Peter was a tough man that would be able to take the gospel to people that were lost.
Peter did deny Jesus three times as he faced crucifixion. People kept on asking him if he knew Jesus and he said no. He was scared that if he said yes, that the people would kill him. Jesus prophesied that Peter would deny him three times before it happened.
Peter was given a special anointing by Jesus to heal the sick and raise the dead. Throughout the book of Acts, he is seen healing people and telling others about Jesus and salvation.
Facts About Simon Peter:
- He was also known as Cephas.
- He is a Pillar of the Christian Church.
- Simon Peter was from Bethsaida.
- He was a married man.
- Peter is Known as “The Rock”.
- Peter Left His Fishing Business to Follow Jesus.
Simon Peter was a disciple of Jesus for three years. Wherever Jesus went, Simon Peter went with him. Peter witnessed the many great miracles of Jesus. Wherever Jesus went, Peter followed him and learned from Jesus.
Peter was the first Apostle to say that Jesus was the son of God. He was the Christ that Israel was long waiting for.
Peter is known for following the voice of Jesus when the Lord told him to walk on water to him. Peter began to walk on water until his fears took over and then he began to sink.
The apostles were often amazed that Jesus was able to calm the seas when they thought that they were going to drown on the boat. Jesus showed Peter that he was Lord over the seas and all heaven and earth.
It is true that Peter had a deep love for Jesus. He didn’t want to believe that Jesus was going to be crucified. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, Peter took his sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers. Jesus quickly restored the man’s ear and told Peter that this was not the way to handle the matter. He told Peter to put his sword down.
Even though Peter messed up a lot, he always took a stand for Jesus. Each time that he fell, Jesus would pick him back up again and correct him to do what was right.
Peter had to withstand a tough Roman government after Jesus died and went to heaven. It wasn’t easy because he was often beaten, threatened that he would be killed if he preached about Jesus and was talked harshly to. However, Peter was the rock that couldn’t be changed.
He firmly kept on preaching the gospel message. Without Peters bravery, the gospel may not have made it as far as it did. Today, Christianity has reached the entire earth. Almost everyone on earth has heard of the name Jesus Christ.
Peter realized that the gospel could be preached to the gentiles and that they received it well. He also said that they did not have to give themselves to Jewish law. Peter said that God does not have favorites.
Crucifixion of St Peter
Peter was crucified upside down because he didn’t think that he was worthy enough to be crucified in the same way that Jesus Christ was. Peter is a martyr of the church.
Peter the apostle proved that even though he denied Jesus three times, the Lord loved him enough to rebuild him again. Jesus forgave Peter and told him to carry out his mission of preaching the gospel to the lost.
The death of Peter shows that you must always stand up for Jesus even if it means that you will die because of it. Peter was unstoppable.
Historians say that Peter the apostle died at around 68 years of age. There is no saying as to how long Peter would have lived if he had not been crucified.
The other disciples looked at Peter as being someone that lead the early church. The feast of Saint Peter is celebrated each year on June 29th. It is a time to reflect on the life of Peter and what he did for the early church.
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