Dear brothers and sisters,
The story of Peter disowning Jesus is the story of the student disowning the teacher. This is also our story.
In Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, Jesus predicted Peter would deny knowing Jesus three times. But Peter had sought to overrule and declared that, even if the other disciples deserted Jesus, he would suffer death rather than disown his Lord.
Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”
Peter, original name Simeon or Simon, (died 64 CE, Rome – Italy), a Jewish fisherman, was called to be a apostle of Jesus at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
He received from Jesus the name Cephas (from Aramaic Kepa [“Rock”]; hence Peter, from Petros, a Greek translation of Kepa). Jesus said:
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19).
Jesus gave Peter the great power. So Peter was called to be the “Apostle of the Apostles”.
Peter was also the first disciple whose feet Jesus washed. In the Jewish society then, washing others’ feet was the lowliest task, even servants didn’t do. However, Jesus washed the others’ feet. Moreover, Jesus washed the feet of his own disciples. The first disciple whose feet Jesus washed was Peter. (John 13:1-17).
Jesus loved Peter. Peter also loved his teacher. However, Peter didn’t love Jesus enough to be faithful to Jesus.
Each of us has our own beloved teacher. Our teacher loves us, and we also love our teacher. However, we may be Peter. We may not love our teacher enough to be faithful to our teacher.
So what should we do to be faithful to our teacher always?
Pray, pray and pray.
The above prayer is in The Lord’s Prayer – the most important prayer in Christianity because it’s the prayer Jesus taught people. In The Lord’s Prayer, the most important sentence is “lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil”.
Pray to be faithful to our teacher.
Have a faithful day.
Phạm Thu Hương