I just love Peter. Impulsive, passionate, foot-in-his-mouth, sword-in-his-hand Peter. I think all of us can relate to this beloved disciple, whether we’re introverted or extroverted, loyal or fickle, aggressive or reserved—because Peter, at some point, was a little bit of all of these.
Remember when the disciples heard word from Mary on Easter morning that Jesus had risen? Peter and John raced—literally, because John pointed out that he won—to the tomb to see for themselves. John might have reached the tomb first, but Peter plowed inside straight away. We don’t know why John didn’t go in immediately. It could have been out of respect or fear; it could have been consideration for the potential stench in the tomb, or it could have been a hesitation born of extreme emotion. Regardless, John paused, and Peter didn’t hold back.
Remember also when Peter walked on water to Jesus? No one else in the boat that night volunteered for such a terrifying, exhilarating experience. Or when Peter cut off the ear of the Roman soldier in the Garden of Gethsemane?
Clearly, when Peter does something, he does it his full energy and full heart. Sometimes that passion might have gotten him in trouble, but it always got him written about. There’s so much to learn from Peter’s wins and mistakes.
And perhaps the mistake he’s most known for is his denial of Jesus.
Before we start lifting haughty noses or pointing fingers, we need to realize how much we relate to this part of Peter, too.
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