Where Oh Where?

Though many were the expectations that the messiah would come as a man of war, Jesus Christ stepped onto the scene from a lowly stable, and a position of having no home or possessions of his own. He would also chose one who had the same heart as his to serve the people of the LORD. Thou art Peter; he said in essence you are a rock. You are a foundation of things to come. (Mat 16:16) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Though, the Most outspoken and seemingly most concerned about the Godly mission of Jesus Christ, Peter has been looked upon throughout the ages as blustery and impetuous. Sometimes when people do not understand a thing they will usually criticize it.

Yet the man whom our Lord chose to bestow the keys to the kingdom of God was the most outspoken of the apostles who showed desire to be a servant and a replication of what king of man Jesus Christ was. Even concerning one of Jesus' greatest miracles that defied the scientific nature of the earth, Peter still had the will to be just like his LORD. (Mat 14:28) And Peter answered him and Peter is the disciple who said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And (14:29). And he (meaning Jesus) said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

This could be a reason for his selection as the chief apostle to lead the flock of the New Testament church. He was willing to walk on water, and through problems with Jesus, even though he failed.  

He seems even in his writings to be the most compassionate of all apostles. Though the apostle Paul wrote more and perhaps won more souls, it was Peter who had the relationship with Jesus Christ that outweighed any mistakes that he made. When Jesus rose again he said to Mary, go tell my apostles and Peter. He seemed to care not only for the God-Man, Jesus Christ, but the kingdom of God. He cared and was willing to say it. His brethren’s only notations in the word of God was to destroy their enemies, and to be exalted as they ask if they could sit on the right and left of Jesus in his throne. Instead Peter said; (Mat 15:15) Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. Give us understanding . Helps us understand the mysteries and desire of the King of the Kingdom. Even when the apostles are listed, they are listed with Peter, first In Peters writings we will find that his words were those of passion and tenderness, such as:

1Peter 1:19 “the precious blood of the lamb” 

1Peter 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the LORD is gracious and other adjective of passonate heart felt expression of the things of God.

Jesus said, thou art peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. He made a play on words saying that peter, the rock, which is what the name Jesus gave him meant, upon the rock of thought or confession that peter the rock expressed, would be the foundation of the church built. No matter what men believe, Jesus knew that Peter had the love and compassion for the things of God that it took to be the leader of his church for all time.

Peter had a desire to do all that Jesus wanted. To show all love toward him, and to do his will. To dedicate his heart to the kingdom of god, and the things concerning his Jewish roots toward God. He was the one to step up and though not understanding the transfiguration, wanted to do “something” Lets build a tabernacle for the LORD’s champions, he said in this verse; (Mat 17:4)

Mar 9:2 –5 contains the story of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, Moses and Elijah. Mar 9:6 says ; For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. Though Peter didn’t know what to say about the dramatic miracle event, yet he was still the spokesman.

His concern was always toward Jesus and the things of God. He was a fully blooded member of the Lords people. He was always anxious for the answer, and to help provide it. but it cannot be done alone, as it is seen when he in fear denies the LORD. Yet the sincere sorrow for his sin against the LORD and weeping touches the heart of God.

Though fear caused Peter to deny the Lord in the courtyard of the high priest, in his heart this weakness did not say that He abandoned his Master. As well as the fear of repercussion, Peter could have also been feeling that he wanted to stay and find out the news, as well as fearing for his own safety. When Peter was beaten for the gospel, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer, where as Paul said: Act 16:37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly un-condemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. Peter learn such humility and meekness concerning Jesus Christ, that when he did die by crucifixion, he insisted that he was not worthy to die as the LORD did, and asked to be crucified upside down.. History has it that it took three days for him to die in this way.

How about you? Art thou Peter, do you have passion for the LORD, and compassion and passion for the things of the LORD. Does your zeal for Jesus Christ make you jump to do your best, even if you make a few mistakes along the way. Do you dare to have faith when others would never consider it.?

Are you willing to take on the gates of hell? Do you upon discovering your sins experience regret, as peter did. Jesus says : follow me.

Artist renditions:

 

The Apostle Peter & the Apostle John

 

The Peter healing the sick

 

Death of the Peter