I like Peter. He is what I call a man’s man. When Jesus is walking on water, Peter steps out on the water too. When Jesus says you will all scatter when I am struck, Peter says not me. All Jesus’ disciples run away after the garden (one even leaves his garment behind to get away according to Mark 14:52 and flees naked!). No disciple other than Peter follows to the high priest’s home save John. When they came to take Jesus from the garden by force (though He went willingly), Peter pulls a sword. Mind you Jesus made sure they had one with them, again to fulfill Scripture (Luke 22:36-38).
Matthew 26:52-54 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”
The Scripture is fulfilled throughout holy week. Time after time we see Jesus as the one foretold in the Old Testament. God does not want there to be any doubt. Jesus is meticulous about the details, even down to the sword being present. Peter fulfills the words of the Old Testament and Jesus words as well. He does betray Jesus. He learns the truth of what Jesus told them in the garden, “the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. Peter learns he is in a spiritual battle he can’t fight with his hands. Like it is for us, it is for him: a process. But how well Peter learned the lesson! He preached at Pentecost and many were saved. He contributes books to the New Testament. He is a mighty man of God filled with the Spirit. We get to see Peter as a work in progress. I am one too; maybe that’s why I like Peter so much.
Burning within Me,