Near the city of Caesarea, Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples one day, "Who do people say I am?"
"You are the Christ, the Son of God," Simon quickly answered.
"Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonas," Jesus said to him. "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven."
From that time, Simon was called Peter and he would have a special place in the ministry of Jesus. Jesus shared things with him that he shared with no one else. With two other disciples, James and John, he witnessed Jesus shining in glory on the mountain of the transfiguration.
But it was not only Jesus' glory he would share. For Jesus had his enemies. Not everyone welcomed the activity of the teacher from Galilee and his disciples. The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and other political leaders, stung by his criticism of them and fearing revolution among the people, began a plot to stop him.
Aware of the danger he faced, Jesus told his disciples: "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to be crucified."
But Peter and the others hardly heard his words. In their eyes following Jesus could only bring them success.
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