Originally Posted by kelly1
Yes interesting too. However in the same passage Jesus charges Peter 3 times with care of His flock/sheep, which I understand to mean the entire Church. Clearly Jesus singled out Peter for this task because He said "do you love me more than these?" and spoke to him alone when he said feed My sheep/lambs.
It sounds like you are trying to squeeze into this commission given to Peter (Simon) a task that Peter never really fulfilled. Rather it was fulfilled by the apostle Paul.
My understanding of Jesus’ designation as 'Rock' upon which He was going to build His church, to refer to Peter's statement which the spirit of the Father had revealed to him and not to Peter himself. "Thou art Peter and upon ‘this rock’ I shall build my church..." What rock? Peter? Peter wasn't a rock. He was probably the most unstable of all the disciples before the resurrection. For instance in John 13 when Jesus wanted to wash his feet, Peter wouldn’t hear of it, but when Jesus said that unless Jesus wash Peter's feet he will have no part with Him, then Peter asked to be washed all over.
In Matthew 4 when Jesus spoke of the cross Peter sternly rebuked his Master saying: "far be it from you", then Jesus called him Satan, that he savors not the things of God but those that be of man.
Then in Luke 22 Jesus tells Peter that Satan asked to sift him as wheat, but that He (Jesus) would pray that his faith fail not. But Peter said that he would not only go to prison with Him but would also die with Him, and then later that night Peter denies his Lord three times then runs off weeping bitterly.
Then in John 21, after the resurrection, Peter decides to go fishing because Jesus was late. Then after not catching any fish at all in the boat a strange man tells them how to do it better from the shore. After recognising that it was Jesus Peter jumps out of the boat naked and goes to Jesus. Jesus catches more fish from the shore than Peter could in the boat and then Jesus asks him whether Peter loved Him more than these, referring to the fish that Peter had caught. Jesus had to ask him three times whether he loved Jesus more than these before the penny finally dropped with Peter.
Then after that Jesus tells him how is life is going to turn out and Peter not liking it very much, looked at John and asks Jesus: "But what about him?" to which Jesus replied; "If he lives till I come again what concern is that to thee?" Then in the book of acts Peter had to be shown a vision and told in the vision not to call unclean what God had cleansed, which prepared him to preach the Gospel to a gentile (non Jew) Centurion called Cornelius.
Peter was not the rock that Jesus was referring to, it was rather Peter’s statement: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” that was the rock upon which He would build His Church. You must remember that Jesus also said in John 10 that: “Other sheep have I, which are not of this fold…” to these was sent Christ’s primary apostle. Paul. Without Paul Christianity would have become a splinter off shoot from Judaism located in Jerusalem, who would accept Christ as Messiah but also keep the law of Moses. That was not what God intended when He sent His only begotten Son into the world to free us from that yoke of bondage, never to be entangled in it again.
The great thing about Peter is that God let him preach the first message of the Church. The one who failed Him the most was the one whose message birthed the church. The next time you fail miserably in your faith walk, remember how much Peter failed and yet it was Peter whose name was specifically given when the message came to the disciples after the resurrection. “But go tell His disciples, and Peter” Mark 16:7 make sure Peter gets the message. That is amazing grace.