What Peter Learned by Walking with Jesus

What Peter Learned by Walking with Jesus

For three long years, Jesus lived a hard life – a nomadic rabbi without a home, walking from town to town with only a small group of followers, teaching and healing and feeding the crowds.  During that time, Jesus taught His closest disciples, preparing them for their lifelong mission.  Here are two lessons that Peter learned.

Matt 14: Peter walks on water, but then takes his eyes off Jesus. 

After a long and productive day, Jesus sent the apostles across the lake because He needed to spend time with alone God in prayer.  Midway through the night, Jesus walked across the water in a storm to catch up with the boat.  The apostles thought they saw a ghost, but Peter actually climbed out of the boat to meet Jesus.  We don’t know how far Peter walked on the water, but he was doing fine … until he lost sight of Jesus and began to sink.  “Lord, save me!”  Jesus reached out His hand, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

A lesson for us today – sometimes it’s great to be bold, but often it’s better to take small steps in faith, never losing sight of Jesus in the daily storms of life.

Matt 16: Peter rides a roller-coaster of in his faith.

Jesus knew what the crowds were saying about Him, but He wanted to ask the apostles: ‘do you have any idea who you are following?’  And Peter had the right answer!  ”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”, and Jesus blessed him.  “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” (16.16-17)

A high point in Peter’s life, but then followed immediately by one his lowest points.  As Jesus began to tell His followers what was going to happen in Jerusalem, that He would suffer and be killed and then be raised to life, Peter challenged/rebuked his rabbi.  “This shall never happen to you!”  And Jesus quickly turned on him, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God …” (16.22-23)

A lesson for us to today – when we win, when we get something right, when we overcome one of life’s challenges, we should be very careful about our very next step!  In our pride, we might be tempted to lose sight of God’s plan, and our role in that plan.