Ikuro Teshima

Now we can see that Peter was an exceptional person in his obedience, religious quality, and passionate admiration for the Lord. Later he became a first-class leader in the early church and a great religious figure. If so, why did such a prominent disciple like Peter stumble? Why did he deny Jesus? Peter did so, because he faced Satan's fearful trial that sifted him.

When Christ's crucifixion was nearing, it was Peter who said, "Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death." However, Christ clearly affirmed, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward" (John 13:36 NKJV). Indignant Peter retorted, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake." Yet Jesus answered him, "The rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren" (Luke 22:32).

Peter learned at Jesus' side for three years and was gifted with great talents. Why didn't Christ, after His death, entrust everything to Peter? What did he lack?

Peter was the oldest of the disciples and had self-confidence. Even within his own fleshly limitations, he could lead a good life as a disciple. It appeared he gave up everything to follow the Lord Jesus. Yet, while he threw away his own possessions, he did not abandon his own self completely.

Herein lies an important point. Peter feared for his own safety because he cared for himself more than God. The problem Peter had to solve, at all costs, was that of self-abandonment—that is breaking through his own self.

(1969)

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