Peter – Disciple of Jesus Christ (Part 4)

(མར་ཀུ 8:27-29)


“མི་རྣམས་ཀྱིས་ང་རང་སུ་རེད་ཅེས་བཤད་བཞིན་ཡོད་དམ་”ཞེས་གསུངས་ནས། ཁོ་རྣམས་ཀྱིས་“མི་ལ་ལས་ཁྲུས་གསོལ་མཁན་ཡོ་ཧ་ནན་དང༌། ལ་ལས་ལུང་སྟོན་པ་ཨེ་ལི་ཡཱ། ཡང་མི་ལ་ལས་ལུང་སྟོན་པའི་ནང་གི་གཅིག་རེད་ཅེས་ཟེར་”ཞེས་ཞུས་

“འོ་ན་ཁྱེད་ཚོས་བྱས་ན་ང་རང་སུ་ཡིན་ཟེར་”ཞེས་གསུངས་པས་ལན་དུ། པེ་ཏྲོས་“ཁྱེད་ནི་སྐྱབས་མགོན་མཱ་ཤི་ཀ་ཡིན་ནོ་”ཞེས་ཞུས།


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(Mark 8:27-29)

And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”


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Mark Chapter 8 verses 27-29 – Peter says to Jesus, ‘You are the Christ!’

Think for a moment what Peter had seen by being with Jesus: He the professional fisherman had been taught to fish by the carpenter Jesus (Luke 5:1-11); he had heard Jesus preach (Mark 1:38,39), seen him a heal a leper out of pity (Mark 1:40-42), cure paralysis (Mark 2:3-12), restore life to a withered hand (Mark 3:1-5), and heal many others (Mark 3:10). From possessed men Jesus had driven out demons who cried out in fear, ‘You are the Son of God’, and – from one man – the many demons that made him exceptionally violent (3:11; 5:1-20). He brought healing where many doctors had been powerless to help (5:25-34); and he had raised to life a dead child (see last week’s post). He had also calmed a great wind storm, walked on the sea, and fed 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fishes (4:35-41; 6:45-51; 6:41-44).

No wonder that rumours were going around. People were saying that one of the prophets had come back. So, Jesus asked the disciples, ‘What do you think?’ Peter answers, ‘You are the Saviour Messiah!’

Finished were the centuries of waiting for the Saviour King of prophecy. Jesus was the Christ promised in the sacred scriptures (e.g. Zechariah 9:9).

Peter – Disciple of Jesus Christ (Part 5)

(མར་ཀུ 8:31-33)

དེ་ནས་ཁོང་གིས་ཉེ་གནས་ཚོར་མིའི་རིགས་ཀྱི་བུ་ནི་ངེས་པར་དུ་སྡུག་བསྔལ་མང་པོ་མྱོང་ཞིང༌། ཡ་ཧུ་དཱ་པའི་མི་རིགས་ཀྱི་རྒན་པོ་དང་བླ་ཆེན་རྣམས། ཆོས་ཁྲིམས་ལ་མཁས་པའི་མིས་ཁོ་རང་དོར་ནས་གསོད་པར་འགྱུར་ལ། ཡང་ཉིན་གསུམ་གྱི་རྗེས་འཆི་བ་ནས་སླར་གསོན་པར་ལང་ངོ་ཞེས་གསུངས། ཁོང་གིས་བཀའ་དེ་གསལ་པོར་གསུངས་ཤིང༌། པེ་ཏྲོས་ཁོང་ཟུར་དུ་ཁྲིད་ནས་གཤེ་གཤེ་བཏང༌། འོན་ཀྱང་ཡེ་ཤུས་ཞལ་ཕྱིར་སྐོར་ཏེ་ཉེ་གནས་ཚོར་གཟིགས་ནས་པེ་ཏྲོ་ལ་བཀའ་བཀྱོན་གནང་སྟེ་“བདུད་སཱ་ཏན་ཁྱོད། ངའི་རྒྱབ་ཏུ་སོང་ཞིག ཁྱོད་ཀྱི་བསམ་པ་དཀོན་མཆོག་བཞིན་མ་ཡིན་པར་མི་བཞིན་ཡིན་ནོ་”ཞེས་གསུངས།


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(Mark 8:31-33)

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”


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Peter says to Jesus, ‘I will die with you.’

When Jesus foretold his suffering and execution, Peter argued with him, saying, ‘You are wrong; that cannot happen to God’s Messiah.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Yes; it must happen. Do not tempt me, Peter. You speak like the chief demon in tempting me to seek earthly glory and avoid suffering’

What to say? Peter maybe thought that those close to Jesus like himself would share some of that glory.

But it was not God’s purpose for his Messiah to appear as a victorious king riding a golden horse. God’s way for Jesus was for him to be crucified and take the punishment for our sin on himself so that we might be set free.

Then Jesus said to everyone around (Mark 8:34-38), ‘If you want to follow me, then give up all thoughts of great glory in this world. Do not be ashamed of me, but imitate me and teach the dharma of my gospel. Then, when I come back in glory, I will show you favour.’

And later (Mark 14:26-31), that last evening when Jesus walked out with his disciples to be arrested, Peter declared emphatically that he would die with him if necessary. But Jesus knew better, saying, ‘No, you will not; you Peter will deny even knowing me three times.’ (Read about it next time)

Peter – Disciple of Jesus Christ (Part 6)

(མར་ཀུ 14:66-72)

དེ་ནས་ཉེ་གནས་པེ་ཏྲོ་ཞོལ་གྱི་སྒོ་ར་ལ་བསྡད་ཡོད་པའི་སྐབས་སུ་བླ་ཆེན་གཙོ་བོའི་གཡོག་མོ་ཞིག་ཡོང་སྟེ། ཁོ་མོས་པེ་ཏྲོ་མེར་བསྲོ་བཞིན་པ་མཐོང་ཞིང་ཁོ་ལ་ཞིབ་པར་བལྟས་ནས་“ཁྱོད་ཀྱང་ན་ཙ་རེལ་གྱི་མི་ཡེ་ཤུ་དང་མཉམ་དུ་ཡོད་པ་གཅིག་རེད་”

ཅེས་སྨྲས་པས། པེ་ཏྲོས་ཁས་མ་བླངས་པར་“ཁྱོད་ཀྱིས་གང་བཤད་པ་ངས་མི་ཤེས་ལ་ཧ་ཡང་མི་གོ་”

ཞེས་བཤད་དེ་སྒོའི་ཕྱི་རོལ་དུ་སོང་བ་དང་བྱ་ཕོས་སྐད་གྲགས་སོ། ཡང་གཡོག་མོ་དེས་པེ་ཏྲོ་མཐོང་ནས་སླར་ཡང་དེ་རུ་ཡོད་པའི་མི་རྣམས་ལ་


ཅེས་བཤད། འོན་ཀྱང་ཁོང་གིས་ཡང་བསྐྱར་ཁས་མ་བླངས། དེ་ནས་ཅུང་མ་འགོར་བར་དེར་ཡོད་པའི་མི་རྣམས་ཀྱིས་ཀྱང་པེ་ཏྲོ་ལ་


ཅེས་སྨྲས། པེ་ཏྲོས་སྡིགས་དམོད་བྱེད་བཞིན་མནའ་བསྐྱལ་ཏེ་


ཞེས་སྨྲས། དེ་མ་ཐག་ཏུ་བྱ་ཕོས་སྐད་ཐེངས་གཉིས་པ་གྲགས་པས། པེ་ཏྲོས་དེ་སྔ་ཡེ་ཤུས་ཁོ་རང་ལ། བྱ་ཕོས་སྐད་ཐེངས་གཉིས་མ་གྲགས་པའི་སྔོན་དུ་ཁྱེད་ཀྱིས་ང་རང་སུ་ཡིན་མི་ཤེས་ཞེས་ཐེངས་གསུམ་སྨྲ་བར་ངེས་ཞེས་གསུངས་པ་དེ་དྲན་ནས་སེམས་ཤིན་ཏུ་སྐྱོ་སྟེ་ངུས་སོ།།


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(Mark 14:66-72)

And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.


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Peter denies Jesus three times.

Previous post we read how Jesus said that loyal Peter would deny him three times that same night before dawn (Mark 14:30).

Then, after that, they went out, and while Jesus prayed in the garden, Peter and James and John instead of praying for courage fell asleep (vv.32-42).

The arrest came and all the disciples were frightened and took cover in the darkness. Next, as the arrest party went to the high priest’s house, Peter followed at a safe distance (vv.53,54). And that is where we find him in today’s passage sitting downstairs with the guards thinking that no one would know that he was a disciple of Jesus.

He could hear, in the house above, false accusations being made and no answer being given (vv.53-61). That is, until Jesus was asked if he were the Christ and he answered “Yes” (v.62). After that Peter could see some onlookers and the guards giving him physical abuse; but he takes no action.

Next a passing servant maid looks intently at Peter. She says, “You too are one of the Nazarene’s party!”

“No!”, replies Peter, “I do not know what your talk means.” But he goes to the outer door for safety. There she sees him again, and starts to tell the bystanders, “He is one of them!“

“I am not!”, said Peter.

Soon after they agree with her. “Yes, you must be one of them because of your Galilean talk.”

But Peter calls down curses and swears, “I know nothing about the man you name!”

At Peter’s third denial Jesus turned and looked at him (Luke 22:61,62). How it hurt his loving Lord! And how ashamed Peter was!


We will read next time how the risen Lord Jesus lovingly reappointed Peter to be his apostle.