Simon Peter was an ordinary fisherman who worked with his family in the Sea of Galilee. He was anticipating the coming of the Messiah just like most of others in the Jewish community. One day he was introduced to Jesus by his brother Andrew. Andrew said to Simon: We have found the Messiah (that is, the Christ). The first thing had happened after Simon met Jesus, he was named Peter by Jesus. (John 1:40-42)
Since then, the teaching and deeds of Jesus influenced the life of Simon Peter. His relationship with Jesus went deeper with divine inspirations given by the Father, by personal leadership instincts, by the influence of Satan through his sinful nature. At the end of his walking and working with Jesus for more than three years before the death of Christ, Peter failed Jesus by denying Him: “I do not know Him!”
However, Jesus knew Simon and called him Peter (the rock). The word of Jesus to Peter before all these happened was: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32) Jesus also personally restored and entrusted Simon Peter with His flock after His resurrection. (John 21)
When Peter in his advanced age, he shared his insight about going and growing deep with Jesus in his two epistles to all Christians. The focus of his message is about life transformation through suffering as and in Christ. Suffering serves as a way to put away our old sinful nature, and adding on our faith with patient that will lead to love and service in the step of Christ. His sharing brought out the wisdom by practicing the Sermon on the Mount. If we walk and work with Jesus in His Way daily, our faith will lead us to love Him more dearly. He encourages all Christians: “Though you have not seen him, you love him.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)
His discovery of Christ [John 1:35-42, Mk 1:18, Mt 4:18-20, Lk 5:1-11; Luke 5:8-11 Worship (P)]: The second encounter of Jesus was recorded by Luke reveals a deeper calling from Jesus to Simon Peter. It was the beginning of a journey of Peter into humility. But Jesus promised Peter that he will become fisher of men as he will follow Him in His the kingdom ministry of His Father.
His insight of Christ [John 6:66- 71, Matt 16:13-20; Matt 16:13-20 Trinity (B)]: In the height of Jesus ministry, many opinions about Him have been spreading. However, Jesus wants a personal insight from the disciples. Peter was blessed to proclaim with conviction: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Then Jesus proclaimed in response: “upon this rock I will build my church.”
His struggles with Jesus [John 13:1-11, Lk 22:31-34, Mk 14:27-42, Mt 26:31-34; Mk 14:27-42 Self-control (V)]: The love of Peter toward Jesus was a true one. Peter has stumbled upon the proclamation of Jesus that His death will fulfill the prophecies from God. As Peter was warned by Jesus, he struggled that he will deny Jesus. But Jesus told him that he has prayed for him that he will not fall because of his inner fear. Jesus provided the only way to overcome such challenge which is prayer with alertness.
His fall and restoration [John 18:25-27, 20:1-10, 21:15-19; 21:17-19 Saved by grace (B)]: Peter and a group of disciples failed to catch any fish after an overnight hard working. Yet the resurrected Lord Jesus brought in a second experience of catching fish with in His divine instruction. The provision and deep exchange of conversation with love and trust, Jesus has restored and empowered Simon Peter who was a fallen leader.
While we are going into the deepest part of our “being” one will find the empowering presence of Jesus who is waiting for us to embrace us.