“You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31.
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.” Matthew 16:17.
“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.” Matthew 16:23.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Matthew 14-16.
Since Peter had a mother-in-law I will assume that there was someone at home ready with the, “How was your day, dear?” question.
I don’t know the amount of time between the episodes that were part of the selected verses. I am guessing that if Peter did come home after each of them his answer to his wife’s question might have started with, “You won’t believe what I did!”
You talk about highs and lows. Peter does the supernatural, gets it right on Jesus being the Messiah, and then gets it totally wrong when he chooses to dissuade Jesus from His plan.
The gentle Jesus of Sunday School pictures fits nicely with the second encounter. The other two encounters show us the Jesus that reacts firmly to us wayward folks.
We mess it up so much. Why? We get the idea that we are an equal with God. We talk big but wilt in crunch time. We can say either the right thing and or the completely-wrong thing. How does He stand us!
The disciples, at this point, are not filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus is still in their midst. They have been with Him for several years and know of Him but are not filled with Him.
We, on the other hand, have His Spirit with us. We can be taught and comforted by the Holy Spirit. Our connection to God can be a close one. The closer we are to God the more pronounced our encounters with Him will be. Peter certainly found that out.
“You are great. Forgive me for getting things wrong. I love You and desire to please You in rightly representing You. Thank You for the stories in the Bible where good examples and bad examples are on display. I can learn from both. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah this day.”
Peter is one of us: sometimes good and sometimes not so good.