When you consider the change in the Apostle Peter that took place from the night he betrayed Jesus to the words he wrote in 1 Peter, the transformation is amazing. Peter went from a brash man who was always willing to take up a fight to a man who would willingly take up his cross and follow Jesus.
The night that Jesus was arrested, Peter fought to protect his friend and teacher. He was willing to die for Jesus in battle. But he was not willing to go to the cross. This would take time. Eventually, Peter would follow Jesus’ example. According to historical record and church legend, Peter was crucified by the Romans for his faith in Jesus.
But not before he wrote these words, which demonstrate his change from soulish warrior to living sacrifice:
1 Peter 2:20-25 (NIV) – “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”