4 February 2012


Saint Peter - the Great Apostle &

1st appointed Leader of

the Church of Jesus Christ

(He’s also been called “the Rock”)


Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 4


After his Baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and He was then tested by the Devil


1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil.


2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was hungry,


3 and the tester came and said to him, 'If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.'


4 But he replied, 'Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'

(Interpretation: See how Yahweh God rained down food and provided water out of rock when the Israelites were wandering in the desert for 40 years -> Exodus, Chapters 16-17.)             



5 The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple.


6 'If you are Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down; for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, and they will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.'


7 Jesus said to him, 'Scripture also says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'


8 Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour.


9 And he said to him, 'I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.'


10 Then Jesus replied, 'Away with you, Satan! For scripture says: The Lord your God is the one to whom you must do homage, him alone you must serve.'


11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.


Jesus withdrew to Galilee


12 Hearing that John had been arrested he withdrew to Galilee,


13 and leaving Nazara he went and settled in Capernaum, beside the lake, on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali.


14 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:


15 Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea beyond Jordan. Galilee of the nations!


16 The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark as death a light has dawned.


17 From then onwards Jesus began his proclamation with the message, 'Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.'


The Call of Peter


18 As he was walking by the Lake of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the lake with their net, for they were fishermen.


19 And he said to them, 'Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.'


20 And at once they left their nets and followed him.


21 Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.


22 And at once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.


23 Jesus went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and illness among the people.


24 His fame spread throughout Syria, and those who were suffering from diseases and painful complaints of one kind or another, the possessed, epileptics, the paralyzed, were all brought to him, and he cured them.


25 Large crowds followed him, coming from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judaea and Transjordan.


Jesus cured Peter’s mother –in-law  - Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 8:

14 And going into Peter's house Jesus found Peter's mother-in-law in bed and feverish.

15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him.

16 That evening they brought him many who were possessed by devils. He drove out the spirits with a command and cured all who were sick.

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: He himself bore our sicknesses away and carried our diseases.

18 When Jesus saw the crowd all about him he gave orders to leave for the other side.

Peter walking on water - see Matthew 14: 22-33  .                                                     4 February 2012

28 January 2012

Peter, the Rock – Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 16:

 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of man is?'


14 And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.'


15 'But you,' he said, 'who do you say I am?'


16 Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'


17 Jesus replied, 'Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven.


18 So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build My Church. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it.


19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'


20 Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to say to anyone that he was the Christ.


21 From then onwards Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day.


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Peter witnessed the transfiguration  of Christ - Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 17:


1 Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves.


2 There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light.


3 And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him.


4 Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Lord,' he said, 'it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.'


5 He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.'


6 When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear.


7 But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, 'Stand up, do not be afraid.'


8 And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.


9 As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, 'Tell no one about this vision until the Son of man has risen from the dead.'


10 And the disciples put this question to him, 'Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?'


11 He replied, 'Elijah is indeed coming, and he will set everything right again;


12 however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of man will suffer similarly at their hands.'


13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking of John the Baptist.



Jesus, the Son of God, abiding authority requirements - Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 17:


24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel came to Peter and said, 'Does your master not pay the half-shekel?'


25 'Yes,' he replied, and went into the house. But before he could speak, Jesus said, 'Simon, what is your opinion? From whom do earthly kings take toll or tribute? From their sons or from foreigners?'


26 And when he replied, 'From foreigners,' Jesus said, 'Well then, the sons are exempt.


27 However, so that we shall not be the downfall of others, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that rises, open its mouth and there you will find a shekel; take it and give it to them for me and for yourself.'



28 January 2012



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