PETER APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST – The Rest of Peter’s Life Story

PETER  APOSTLE  OF  JESUS  CHRIST – The Rest of Peter’s Life Story

History and Tradition

We do not know directly from the Bible about the rest of Peter’s life. What we do know, or has come to be accepted, is what church historians wrote in later years.

Peter’s Death

Three accounts state that he died aged about 65. He was taken for execution in Rome, dressed in prison clothes, and was crucified upside down; this was by his choice, because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the manner of his Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Peter’s Gospel

There is evidence throughout the Gospel of Mark, that Mark is recording what Peter told him about those three years that he spent with Jesus. It is full of those details that only Peter and those others with him could have experienced. We can hear too, it seems to me, his words as he spoke them – the words of one who was always so quick to follow Jesus, “And immediately they left the nets, and followed him … and immediatelyand immediately … And immediately, they came into the house of Simon … immediately they tell him (that his wife’s mother lies sick) …” (Mark Chapter 1 verses 18-43). Nine times in these verses he uses the word ‘immediately’ as he tells excitedly how one thing happened after another.

Mark was not one of the 12 apostles, and was probably rarely present because he was just a boy at the time. But later on he was close to events. He was the son of Barnabas’s sister, and it was to her house that Peter went after the angel released him from Herod’s prison (Acts 12:1-24). And we know that he spent some time later on with Peter in Rome (1 Peter 5:13). It is tradition which tells us that Mark wrote down Peter’s memories, which was something that Peter wanted to be recorded before he died (2 Peter 1:12-18).

If it was at Rome that Mark’s Gospel was written, that could explain why at first it had no title to say who wrote it. In the city where Christians were persecuted, it was safer that way. Maybe that too is why the boy in the darkness who spied on Jesus’ arrest was not named. If that boy was Mark himself, he personally saw Peter slash out with his sword at one of Jesus’s captors, before running away to avoid being captured himself. And Peter too is not named by Mark. That boy too escaped. It was, you can read, by leaving his clothes in their hands and fleeing naked (Mark 14:43-52); a memorable night.

Heroes of the Church

Mark was no hero – he deserted Paul and Barnabas when the missionary work became difficult (Acts 13:13). And even Peter lost his courage (Mark 14:66-72).

Mark is given honor in Cyprus and in other parts of the world. The Apostle Thomas is honored in the churches of South India. And Peter is rightly given honor throughout the church; after all Jesus gave him the name ‘Peter the Rock’ because of his enthusiasm and leadership. But they were just men, and it was after they were converted that they were given strength by God.

All honor and glory belong to Jesus Christ alone, who allowed himself to be taken that night, and then suffer and die in order to liberate us from our sins. He rose again victorious over the power of sin, and sent the Holy Spirit to help weak men and prepare them – that is we who believe – for their place in his Father’s house in heaven.

 

Conclusion

Men judge Peter to have been one of the great founders of the Church, and indeed Jesus said so,

                                “I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.”

Matthew tells us this (Ch. 16 v.18), but not Mark his friend; for Peter had denied knowing Jesus. So how did Peter fulfill Jesus’s words? After restoring him Jesus gave him a commission, “Feed my sheep” (John Ch.21), which he then humbly fulfills as apostle serving Jewish people wherever they were.

The rest of Peter’s life was spent in obedience to this calling. And that was his greatness. And like wise it should so for the least of all his followers, and that includes ourselves; that we love Jesus our Lord God and obey him.

John said so:      “For this is the love of God that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3).

ཡོ་ཧ་ནན་༡ 5 :3 གང་ཡིན་ཞེ་ན། ཁོང་གི་བཀའ་ཁྲིམས་སྲུང་བ་དེ་ནི་དཀོན་མཆོག་ལ་གཅེས་པར་འཛིན་པའོ། ཁོང་གི་བཀའ་ཁྲིམས་སྲུང་བ་དེ་དཀའ་བ་མིན།

 

Peter said so:     “As obedient children … be holy … love one another.” (1 Peter 1:14-25).

པེ་ཏྲོ་༡ 1:14-25

14 ཁ་ལ་ཉན་པའི་ཕྲུ་གུ་ལྟར་སྔར་གྱི་རྨོངས་པའི་དབང་གིས་འདོད་ཆགས་མི་བྱེད་པར། 15 ཁྱེད་ཚོ་བོས་གནང་མཁན་ནི་དམ་པ་ཡིན་པས་སྤྱོད་ལམ་ཚང་མ་དམ་པར་བྱོས་ཤིག 16 གང་ཡིན་ཞེ་ན། མདོ་ལས། ང་ནི་དམ་པ་ཡིན་པས་ཁྱོད་ཚོའང་དམ་པར་ངེས་པར་འགྱུར་དགོས་ཞེས་འཁོད།* 17 ཕྱོགས་རིས་མེད་པར་སོ་སོས་བྱ་བ་གང་བྱས་པར་གཞིགས་ནས་ཁྲིམས་གཅོད་མཛད་མཁན་ལ་ཁྱེད་ཚོས་ཡབ་ཅེས་ཞུ་བས། གནས་གཡར་བ་ལྟར་འཇིག་རྟེན་འདིར་སྡོད་རིང་དཀོན་མཆོག་ལ་བཀུར་སྟི་བྱེད་དེ་མི་ཚེ་སྐྱེལ་དགོས། 18 མེས་པོ་ལས་བྱུང་བའི་དོན་མེད་ཀྱི་ལུགས་སྲོལ་ལྟར་ཁྱེད་ཚོ་གསེར་རམ་དངུལ་ལ་སོགས་པའི་འཇིག་ཏུ་འགྲོ་བའི་རིན་གྱིས་བླུས་པ་མ་ཡིན་གྱིས། 19 སྐྱོན་དང་དྲི་མ་བྲལ་བའི་ལུག་གུ་ལྟར་གྱི་མཱ་ཤི་ཀའི་སྐུ་ཁྲག་རིན་ཐང་ཆེ་བ་དེས་བླུས་པ་ཁྱེད་ཚོས་ཤེས། 20 དཀོན་མཆོག་གིས་འཇིག་རྟེན་བཀོད་པའི་སྔོན་ལ་ཁོང་ནི་བདམས་ཀྱང༌། ད་དུས་མཐའ་མར་ཁྱེད་ཚོའི་དོན་དུ་མངོན་པར་གྱུར། 21 ཁྱེད་ཚོ་མཱ་ཤི་ཀ་བརྒྱུད་ནས་དཀོན་མཆོག་ལ་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། དཀོན་མཆོག་གིས་ཁོང་འཆི་བ་ནས་སླར་གསོན་པར་མཛད་ནས་གཟི་བརྗིད་གནང་བས། ཁྱེད་ཚོ་དཀོན་མཆོག་ལ་དད་ཅིང་རེ་བ་བྱེད། 22 བདེན་པའི་བཀའ་ལ་ཉན་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་སེམས་དག་པར་བྱས་ཏེ། སྤུན་ཟླ་རྣམས་ལ་སྙིང་ཐག་པ་ནས་བྱམས་པར་བྱེད་པས། གཅིག་གིས་གཅིག་ལ་སེམས་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ནས་བྱམས་པ་བྱེད། 23 གང་ལགས་ཟེར་ན། ཁྱེད་ཚོ་མི་རྟག་པའི་ས་བོན་མིན་ཏེ་རྒྱུན་དུ་གནས་པའི་ས་བོན་ལས་ཡང་བསྐྱར་སྐྱེས། ས་བོན་དེ་ནི་འཚོ་བའི་སྤྱོད་ལམ་སྟོན་པའི་དཀོན་མཆོག་གི་བཀའ་རྟག་ཏུ་གནས་པ་དེ་ཡིན་ནོ།

24 ཤ་ཁྲག་གདོས་བཅས་རྩྭ་དང་འདྲ།།

དཔལ་ཡོན་གཟི་བརྗིད་མེ་ཏོག་འདྲ།།

རྩྭ་སྐམ་མེ་ཏོག་རྙིད་འགྱུར་ཀྱང༌།།

25 གཙོ་བོའི་བཀའ་ནི་རྒྱུན་དུ་གནས།།

བཀའ་དེ་ནི་ཁྱེད་ཚོར་བསྒྲགས་པའི་འཕྲིན་བཟང་ཡིན་ནོ།།*

 

James said so:   “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.” (James 1:22).

ཡ་ཀོབ། 1:22 རང་གིས་རང་ལ་མགོ་སྐོར་གཏོང་བའི་བཀའ་ཐོས་མཁན་འབའ་ཞིག་ཏུ་མི་འགྱུར་བར། བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་མཁན་དུ་འགྱུར་ཞིག

 

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This the last post about Peter. Please let us know what you would like us to post in future weeks.

 

PETER APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST

                                PETER  APOSTLE  OF  JESUS  CHRIST

John Chapter 21 verses 1-19 – Jesus says three times, “Simon feed my sheep”

When Jesus rose from death, it was some loyal women who found the tomb empty (Mark 16:1-7), and inside the tomb was an angel who gave them a message. He said, ‘Go, tell the disciples (Matthew 28:7); and remind them that Jesus had told them that he would meet them back in Galilee after he had risen’ (Mark 14:28).

So they went, and while waiting seven of them spent a night fishing. But they caught nothing.

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In today’s passage the apostle John tells us how they met Jesus beside the Lake of Galilee.

Away on the shore in the first light of dawn stood a figure. Who was he?

Tenderly he calls, ‘Children have you caught any?’ ‘No’ they said, as once before. ‘Try on the right side’ he said.

And so many were caught! That too had happened once before (Luke 5:1-11). John recalls it, and whispers to Peter, ‘It’s Jesus!’. Peter leaps into the water, leaving the others and the fish, as he splashes through the shallow water! ‘Bring some’ said Jesus. So Peter went back to help.

Now they all come, and what was said at breakfast – if anything at all – we do not know, as He who was God lovingly met with them and broke the bread. As once he had broken bread and blessed it when he fed 5000 with seven loaves and two fishes (Mark 6:34-44), so now too he hands bread and fish to them. Emotions were deeper than any speech.

After that Jesus takes Peter aside to speak with him. ‘Simon son of John are you the most loving of my disciples? do you really love me?’ Three times he asks it. Three times Peter is forced to say, ‘Yes, Lord; you know it.’

No more does Jesus call him Peter the Rock but just Simon son of John. No more must he compare himself with the other disciples, but he does reappoint him as apostle; three times he says, “Feed my sheep”; but, indeed, more than that: ‘Yes; you will die for me.’

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Next time we will be reading in the Book of Acts how the Holy Spirit came in Jesus’s place – as he had promised – to help Peter and all his disciples to turn round and be courageous. Self-confident Peter had needed to convert (and so do we); Jesus had said to him, “When you are converted, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

The Book of Acts is a wonderful account of how the believers were changed and helped in their following of Jesus when they received the Holy Spirit.

 

མར་ཀུ 8:31-33, Mark 8:31-33, मर्कूस 8:31-33, 馬 可 福 音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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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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त्यसपछि उहाँले चेलाहरूलाई सिकाउन शुरु गर्नुभयो कि मानिसको पुत्रले धेरै कष्टहरूको सामना गर्नुपर्छ। येशूले तिनीहरूलाई सिकाउनु भयो, कि यहूदी बुढाहरू, मुख्य प्रधानहरू तथा शास्त्रीहरूले मानिसको पुत्रलाई अस्वीकार गर्नेछन्। उहाँले तिनीहरूलाई सिकाउनु भयो, कि मानिसको पुत्र मारिनु पर्छ अनि मरेको तीन दिनपछि बौरी उठ्नेछन्। येशूले पछि घट्ने प्रत्येक घट्नाहरूको बारेमा तिनीहरूलाई भन्नुभयो। उहाँले कुनै कुरालाई गुप्त राख्नु भएन। पत्रुसले येशूलाई अलग्ग लगे अनि येशूले भनेका कुराहरूको आलोचना गरे। तर येशू फनक्क फर्के र चेलाहरूलाई हेर्नु भयो। अनि उहाँले पत्रुसलाई हकार्नुभयो। अनि उहाँले पत्रुसलाई भन्नुभयो, “शैतान मदेखि टाढो बस परमेश्वरले सोच्नु भए जस्तो तिमीले सोच्दैनौ। तिमीले मानिसहरूले जस्तै सोच्छौ।”

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從 此 , 他 教 訓 他 們 說 : 人 子 必 須 受 許 多 的 苦 , 被 長 老 、 祭 司 長 , 和 文 士 棄 絕 , 並 且 被 殺 , 過 三 天 復 活 。耶 穌 明 明 的 說 這 話 , 彼 得 就 拉 著 他 , 勸 他 。耶 穌 轉 過 來 , 看 著 門 徒 , 就 責 備 彼 得 說 : 撒 但 , 退 我 後 邊 去 罷 ! 因 為 你 不 體 貼 神 的 意 思 , 只 體 貼 人 的 意 思 。

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PETER  APOSTLE  OF  JESUS  CHRIST

Mark Chapter 8 verses 31-33 – 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)