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"Peace When You're Stuck" Stuart Jones What is it about Peter that is so endearing to us? Peter was impulsive, emotional, erratic, and impetuous. Yet, Peter was the first apostle to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus said to Peter, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) Peter was clearly much loved by Jesus and along with James and John was part of Jesus’ “inner circle.” In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Once, Peter and the other apostles had spent the night fishing and had nothing but empty nets to show for their night’s work. Early the next morning, Jesus appeared at the water’s edge, told the men to cast their nets on the other side of the boat, and once they did that, the net was so full, they could barely pull it in. Once the men realized it was Jesus, they were astonished; Peter, however, jumped into the water and swam to shore to see his Master. Impulsive . . . that was Peter. This same Peter walked on water, was witness to the transfiguration of Christ, and became an evangelist and a great leader in the early church. Peter was aggressive and spoke boldly about Christ and suffered persecution for his stand for Christ. Because of Christ, the loud and arrogant man known as Peter became the most humble of servants, willing to be obedient even in death. Day after day, he never stopped teaching and preaching about the risen Christ.