Jesus asked, “But what about you?” And Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 16:15-17
Peter listened, heard, and reacted, just as he had when first called to discipleship. His legacy is that of a man of flesh, capable of a bold declaration of belief and equally capable of losing faith in a moment of fear and weakness. Luke 22:54-62 describes Peter’s denial of the Lord he loved and followed: “Woman, I do not know him.” And he denied not once, but three times. Still he is the rock upon which Christ built His church and to whom He gave the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Today we love and honor Peter for his humanness, his weakness made strong through faith, and his life restored by forgiveness.