Jesus invites Simon to join Him ( Mark 1:16-17).  Upon initially meeting Jesus, Simon's brother Andrew seemed convinced that Jesus was the Anointed One (i.e. the Messiah or the Christ).  I wonder how Simon felt, being asked to join Jesus' party, knowing that Jesus could possibly be the future King of Israel (Matthew 2:2; Matthew 27:11).  In my estimation, Simon probably felt like he was getting in on the ground floor of something really, really big.

Simon does join Jesus, and seems to enjoy a place of intimacy with Him.  While traveling around, it's very likely that Jesus and His followers stayed in Simon's house at Capernaeum (Luke 4:31, 38) when they were in the area.  Jesus seemed to take a particular interest in Simon, along with 2 other followers (James and John - the sons of Zebedee), inviting them to spend time alone with Him at times (Mark 5:37; Matthew 17:1; Mark 9:2; Luke 9:28; Matthew 26:37).  Jesus took such an interest in Simon, that He gave him a new name - Peter (John 1:42; Matthew 16:18), which means "rock."

After following Jesus for nearly three years, I imagine the disciples were eagerly awaiting the time that Jesus would "make His move" and overthrow Rome and take His place as King.  Finally the day arrived!  Jesus announces that they were on their way to Jerusalem, and everything that had been written about Him would finally be fulfilled (Luke 18:31). Peter says, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" (Matthew 19:27) Jesus assures him that he would not only be rewarded a hundred times, but Peter will be sitting on a throne of his own! (Matthew 19:28-29)  Upon finally arriving at Jerusalem, Jesus was greeted by a great crowd who were hoping, along with the disciples, that He would finally take His place as King (John 12:12-13).

In Jerusalem, Jesus tells the disciples that later in the night, they would all desert Him.  Peter emphatically protests that he would never do such a thing.  He even insists that he is willing to die with Jesus, and all of the other disciples said the same (Matthew 26:31-35).  Later that night, armed soldiers came to arrest Jesus and His disciples, but Jesus negotiated with the soldiers to arrest only Himself, and to let His disciples go free (John 18:3-9).

I wonder what Peter was thinking?  If I were in his situation, I would be wondering what was going on?  Jesus said that they were coming to Jerusalem to finally take His place as King, but Him being arrested didn't seem to fit with what Peter expected.  Maybe this was a test of some sort?  Peter had just declared his allegience to Jesus, stating with all of the disciples that he was willing to die with Jesus.  It was obvious that Jesus and the disciples were outnumbered, because they only had two swords, but Jesus said just a few hours earlier that would be enough (Luke 22:35-38).

Peter, remaining true to his word, decides to demonstrate his allegience, and draws his sword, swinging for the neck of a man who ducked sideways, thereby cutting off his ear instead (John 18:10).  I imagine that he expected Jesus to be proud of him, showing that he was indeed worthy of Jesus' nickname for him: "rock."  I wonder who had the other sword and why they didn't draw it.  I can imagine that the other sword-bearer might have been too scared to draw it, even though he had told Jesus hours earlier that he was willing to die with Him.  At this point, Jesus does the unthinkable.  Instead of being proud of Peter, Jesus actually tells him to put his sword away! (John 18:11)  Jesus then allows Himself to be arrested, and ultimately crucified.

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