Stretched Out Hands

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” John 21:18

This was a prophecy Jesus gave to Peter about how his life would end. The ironic thing is the disciples took this message by Jesus to mean they would life forever, however Jesus was telling them the opposite. Jesus was telling Peter he was going to be persecuted and eventually killed because of his faith in Christ

Historical documentation states that Peter was crucified in Rome upside down on a cross. Some suggest Peter requested to be put upside down on the cross, because he was not worthy to die the same death as Christ. However notice the eerie prophecy by Jesus, he told Peter “You will stretch out your hands” meaning you will be crucified for your faith

Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me!” John 21:19

Jesus was prophesying to Peter and the other Apostles, that they would be put to death to glorify God. I know this isn’t what modern Christianity teaches or prosperity gospel. Are you willing to lay down your life for the Lord?

Peter was called “The Rock” by Jesus yet his fate would be crucified upside down on a cross. How does this make sense? Because our Kingdom is not of this world, we live in a fallen and broken world. Prepare yourselves for Gods Kingdom, prepare yourselves for eternity, not the temporary Amen!

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