Peter was the first disciple to call Jesus the Son of God. He was zealous, intuitive, and bold. He really got it. Sure, he made a mistake or two, but all of them did, other than Jesus. You know, the other disciples were not discussed as much as him and it's not because he was the only one messing up. Even before I was a Christian I preferred to live life making mistakes than fearfully avoiding them. Obviously that's been magnified since the Lord healed me. Now I'm completely compelled to go out and DO things for Him, not just talk about them (2 Cor 5:14). So, there's a special place in my heart for Peter because I see how he messed up. He had the right foundation--faith in Jesus. But instead of watching and praying in Matthew 26, he fell asleep (like they all did). And he pridefully declared that he wouldn't deny Christ even though the Lord knew he would. But can you picture that moment? They're all sitting around hearing about the awful things they would do. I would have jumped up with the guy and pounded my chest at the prospect of denying Him also. Peter and I would have taken turns chopping the servant's ears off when they came to collect Jesus (Mth 27, John 15 which is pasted below). I would have called it zealousness as I swung my sword, and only later would I realize I had allowed my own plans to take over. After the mistake had been made I would have cried and apologized and wished I had never done it.
So, because I do stuff like that, I decided not to delete evidence of the incomplete challenge from a few months ago. When I started it I felt the Lord suggest I post the 21-day challenge, which was to read a chapter from the book of John each day for 21 days. Then I forgot about my firm foundation and got lost in my own ways. So I might still wish I had never done it but might as well try and make things right now. His word will not return void and plenty of them will be posted below.
I'll paste the chapter here and then some comments beneath it. I'm not writing commentary but if something excites you enough to read more into it, post what you find!
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
Jesus Predicts His Death
Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn—and I would heal them.”