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The Role Of Peter In The Ministry Of Jesus

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The Role of Peter in the Ministry of Jesus

Peter is mentioned 39 times in the fourth gospel, which is much more
than in either of the other synoptics. The fourth gospel does not have
an inner circle so to speak as existed in Mark’s gospel and is not the
key figure, again just like in Mark’s gospel, in the fourth gospel the
Beloved Disciple is the key figure, but whenever he is mentioned so is
Peter.

Peter’s first mention in the gospel is when his brother Andrew says
that the Messiah has been found and he wants to retrieve his brother,
who was then called Simon. Jesus renamed him Peter, ‘He [Andrew]
bought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son
of John. You are to be called Cephas/Peter (which means rock).’ (John
1.42). This is due to Jesus needing someone to rely on in his hour of
need; he thought he could rely on Peter, but Peter’s character is
weak, as he collapses under pressure. Jesus predicted at the Last
Supper that Peter would deny him three times before the cock crowed
when Jesus was arrested, Peter did deny Jesus three times, once to the
woman who guarded the gate to the High Priests House, once to a group
of soldiers and once to the relative of the man whose ear Peter cut
off, once he had denied Jesus a third time, the cock crowed.

However, in Peter’s defence he does commit totally to a subject, but
he can be over excite, enthusiastic and doesn’t think before he acts.
This was proved in the Garden of Gethsemane when the soldiers came to
arrest Jesus. Peter had a sword and struck the High Priest’s slave and
cut off his right ear. Peter does what he says previously in the
chapter that he will defend Jesus Peter also got over-excited at the
Last Supper when Jesus began to wash the disciple’s feet, this sets an
example for the disciples and tells them that they should be willing
to serve others and take the worst job, i.e. washing someone else’s
feet. When Jesus got around to Peter, he didn’t understand why Jesus,
the Messiah, wanted to wash his feet he didn’t think he was worthy of
Jesus washing his feet. But once Jesus explained Peter got over
excited and said, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my
head!’ This shows that Peter really wanted to be apart of Jesus’
ministry.

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