Despite Christ explaining to Peter, the Father himself telling Peter to listen, and Jesus responding with as strong an language as, “Get behind me, Satan!,” Peter was undeterred from believing he was going to protect Jesus Christ.
John 18: 7-11 Peter ended up using a sword to cut off the ear of the servant who was among those arresting Jesus.
Had Peter’s decision-making prevailed, Peter’s violence may have continued until himself and others were killed. Had Peter prevailed, the moment may have been remembered as a bloodbath rather than the time that Christ was submitting himself for the salvation of mankind.
John 21:1-19 How did Jesus ask Simon Peter that second and third time, "Do you love me?" and then plead for him to “feed my sheep.” Potentially, the member of the Holy Trinity had tears in his eyes as He created this pivotal moment. This dearly loved child was to finally learn; "quit drawing your own conclusions and yield to the spiritual direction of God.”
How do we ask for this grace? Prayer to the Father seeking His will, based on the Word of the Son (John 1:14), and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us.
We cannot comprehend the patience or the depth God's love for those who are open to learning grace.
We cannot comprehend the patience or the depth God's love for those who are open to learning this lesson.
Chapter 3: The Holy Spirit