Jesus and Peter in Luke’s Gospel.


Jesus cures Peter’s mother in law.

Lk 4:37-39

37 And the news of him travelled all through the surrounding countryside.
38 Leaving the synagogue he went to Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in the grip of a high fever and they asked him to do something for her.
39 Standing over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to serve them.
Jesus gets into Peter’s boat.

Jesus tells Peter to put out into deep water for a catch.

Peter answers the call, and is overawed by the catch.

Jesus tells Peter that it is people that he will be catching.

Lk 5:1-10.

1 Now it happened that he was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God,
2 when he caught sight of two boats at the water’s edge. The fishermen had got out of them and were washing their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats — it was Simon’s — and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’
5 Simon replied, ‘Master, we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’
6 And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear,
7 so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled both boats to sinking point.
8 When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’
9 For he and all his companions were completely awestruck at the catch they had made;
10 so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is people you will be catching.’
Peter is the first apostle Jesus chooses.

Lk 6:12-16 

12 Now it happened in those days that he went onto the mountain to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.
13 When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’:
14 Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot,
16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

One of many exchanges between Jesus and Peter recorded for us.

Lk 8:45-46

45 Jesus said, ‘Who was it that touched me?’ When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, it is the crowds round you, pushing.’
46 But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched me. I felt that power had gone out from me.’

Jesus takes Peter, James and John with Him to bring back the young girl to life.

Lk 8:49-51

49 While he was still speaking, someone arrived from the house of the president of the synagogue to say, ‘Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master any further.’
50 But Jesus heard this, and he spoke to the man, ‘Do not be afraid, only have faith and she will be saved.’
51 When he came to the house he allowed no one to go in with him except Peter and John and James, and the child’s father and mother.

Peter acts as spokesman for the apostles.

He is the one to recognize Jesus as the Christ.

Lk 9:20

20 ‘But you,’ he said to them, ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God,’ he said.

Jesus takes Peter, James and John to the mount of transfiguration.

Peter is named, he speaks to Jesus on the mountain.

Lk 9:28-33

28 Now about eight days after this had been said, he took with him Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray.
29 And it happened that, as he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became sparkling white.
30 And suddenly there were two men talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah
31 appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they woke up and saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
33 As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what he was saying.

Peter questions Jesus about whether the parable of the trustworthy steward applies to the apostles, and Jesus pointedly refers to the one placed “over his household”.


37 Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. In truth I tell you, he will do up his belt, sit them down at table and wait on them.
38 It may be in the second watch that he comes, or in the third, but blessed are those servants if he finds them ready.
39 You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house.
40 You too must stand ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
41 Peter said, ‘Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?’
42 The Lord replied, ‘Who, then, is the wise and trustworthy steward whom the master will place over his household to give them at the proper time their allowance of food?
43 Blessed that servant if his master’s arrival finds him doing exactly that.
44 I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of everything that he owns.

Peter as spokesman for the apostles.

Lk 18:28:30

28 But Peter said, ‘Look, we left all we had to follow you.’
29 He said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, wife, brothers, parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God
30 who will not receive many times as much in this present age and, in the world to come, eternal life.’

Jesus sends Peter and John to prepare the Passover.

Lk 22:7-8

7 The day of Unleavened Bread came round, on which the Passover had to be sacrificed,
8 and he sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and make the preparations for us to eat the Passover.’

Jesus prays for Peter, and charges him to strengthen the other apostles.

Peter rashly pledges loyalty to Jesus.

Lk 22:31-34
31 ‘Simon, Simon! Look, Satan has got his wish to sift you all like wheat;
32 but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail, and once you have recovered, you in your turn must strengthen your brothers.’
33 ‘Lord,’ he answered, ‘I would be ready to go to prison with you, and to death.’
34 Jesus replied, ‘I tell you, Peter, by the time the cock crows today you will have denied three times that you know me.’

Peter denies Jesus and repents.

 Lk 22:53-62

53 When I was among you in the Temple day after day you never made a move to lay hands on me. But this is your hour; this is the reign of darkness.’
54 They seized him then and led him away, and they took him to the high priest’s house. Peter followed at a distance.
55 They had lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and Peter sat down among them,
56 and as he was sitting there by the blaze a servant-girl saw him, peered at him, and said, ‘This man was with him too.’
57 But he denied it. ‘Woman, I do not know him,’ he said.
58 Shortly afterwards someone else saw him and said, ‘You are one of them too.’ But Peter replied, ‘I am not, my friend.’
59 About an hour later another man insisted, saying, ‘This fellow was certainly with him. Why, he is a Galilean.’
60 Peter said, ‘My friend, I do not know what you are talking about.’ At that instant, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed,
61 and the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the Lord’s words when he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will have disowned me three times.’
62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

The apostles refuse to believe the women who witness to the resurrection. Peter however (and John), run to the tomb to find out.

Lk 24:9-12

9 And they returned from the tomb and told all this to the Eleven and to all the others.
10 The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. And the other women with them also told the apostles,
11 but this story of theirs seemed pure nonsense, and they did not believe them.
12 Peter, however, went off to the tomb, running. He bent down and looked in and saw the linen cloths but nothing else; he then went back home, amazed at what had happened.

Jesus appears to Peter first before the other apostles.

 Lk 24:30-35

30 Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them.
31 And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight.
32 Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
33 They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions,
34 who said to them, ‘The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon.’
35 Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
36 They were still talking about all this when he himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’

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