We’re going to look at one of Jesus’ disciples named Simon, or better known as Peter. (In Greek, Peter means “rock.”) Peter had the privilege of being with Jesus during His time here on earth. Over the span of a few years in ministry together, they traveled, ate, shared stories, slept, served others, laughed, and hung out almost every day. Peter was having an incredible time living with this mysterious rabbi. He also passionately sought to follow Jesus. At one point, when many people turned away from Jesus’ radical teachings, Peter speaks up and says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:60-71 ESV)
Peter is the most mentioned of the disciples in the Gospel accounts. This helps paint a picture of Peters personality and attributes. Peter was enthusiastic, eager to learn, a leader, passionate, quick to speak, and often the first to act. Peter sought unique experiences and was privileged to have exclusive experiences with Jesus that most of the other disciples didn’t have. Peter was with Jesus at the transfiguration (Matt 17), in the house of a dead girl raised to life (Luke 8:49-56), and before Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26:36-46). Peter set himself apart from the other disciples and may have felt a sense of entitlement and privilege. At times, Peter had a sense of arrogance.
We’re going to take a closer look at a few events in the life of Peter during Jesus’ life here on the earth and identify Peter’s characteristics and personality as we walk through the stories.
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