“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:32 NKJV)
Apostle Peter died a martyr’s death. He requested that he be hanged on an inverted cross because he believed that he is not worthy to die as Christ died. He denied Christ three times when Christ was on His way to Calvary. He then went back to fishing after the death of Christ. Christ knew him as well as the other apostles. They were always with Him. They all witnessed Him turn water into wine and heal the blind, the lepers, the mute, deaf, lame, and those possessed by demons. They were there when Jesus raised Lazarus from death. Satan was also there to try and lure them to his side. In fact, Judas Iscariot turned his back on Jesus. When it was Peter’s time to be tempted as Job was tempted, Jesus prayed that Peter hold fast on his faith to overcome all temptations. When he overcomes, he should go back to his ministry and strengthen the faith of the brethren. In abiding by Jesus’ command, he wrote two epistles and lived a life of caring and teaching to build up the Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to go through trials for perfection. With His permissive will, Satan will be there to put stumbling blocks on our way. We should be steadfast in our faith, hope, and love. When we have gone through trials, let us advise the brethren how Christ helped us and showed us the way – so those who are in the same situations can over- come as we did. Remember, brothers and sisters, we are like the apostles in the midst of the stormy sea. Jesus was there to help us. We owe each other our loyalty. We owe the Lord our faithfulness. Stay in the boat and be saved.