Pastor Dick LaFountain READING THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT IN 260 DAYS, ONE CHAPTER PER DAY.
Who was Peter?
Peter was one of those inner three around Jesus. He was a fisherman. He was married. He traveled. He left everything. He's the one who got out of the boat and tried to walk on the water and succeeded for a while and then blew it. He's the one who said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
He's the one that was asked by Jesus to go with him, along with James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration, and then into the garden where Jesus wept so bitterly. He's the one who said, "I will never leave you. I will never deny you. They may all go away, but I will never go away," and then on that night, in the hearing of Jesus, he denied him three times and Jesus turned and looked, and he was the one who wept bitterly. And three days later, he heard the words, probably the sweetest words he ever heard was, "Do you love me, Peter?" "I love you, Lord." "Do you love me more than these?" "Lord, I love you." "Peter, do you love me?" "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Three times to let him restore the threefold denial.
Fifty days later, he stands up full of the Holy Spirit and he preaches fearlessly and 3,000 people come to the Lord. He risks life and limb and goes into prison right after James gets his head chopped off, and God delivers him that time. He heals people like the man at the gate. He raises Tabitha from the dead. He travels around, probably goes to Corinth, and he dies a martyr in Rome. That's the Peter here. He was a great man.