Simon Peter, also known as Cephas in the Bible, was an ordinary fisherman. Jesus chose him for his extraordinary ministry. After experiencing the miracle of Jesus by catching plenty of fish, Peter acknowledged his sin (Luke 5:8). Jesus said to him, “… Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” He became one of the first followers of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus walked on the water, Peter was the only disciple who climbed out of the boat to walk to Jesus. He was an enthusiastic, strong and outspoken disciple. But for all his strengths, he had several failings in his life. Still, the Lord chose him and continued to shape him into exactly who He intended Peter to be.
Peter boasted and said to Jesus, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Mathew 26:33). At Jesus’ trial, when Peter was confronted, he denied knowing Jesus (Mathew 26:74). However, when Peter remembered the word of Jesus, he went out and wept bitterly (Mathew 26:75).
After Jesus’s resurrection, Simon Peter went back to his old business of fishing. But Jesus showed up again and repeating the miracle of the large catch of fish and fed him with love (John 21). Then Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”, Peter answered, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs”. Jesus asked the question three times and made him understand the confirmation of his ministry for Jesus. Peter became a powerful leader and performed great miracles in the name his Lord Jesus.
Jesus forgave and restored Peter and re-commissioned him as an apostle. When we honestly accept our weakness and ask His strength, God is faithful to forgive our setbacks and restores us.
Lord Jesus, I understand that though Peter wanted to stand for You, he denied at a time of trouble, but he deeply repented for it. You graciously brought him back to the right track and restored his ministry with the help of the Holy Spirit. So, I need your strength to stand for you and follow your plan in my life. Please restore my spiritual life. In Jesus name, Amen.
Matthew 16:18 NKJV.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.