Jesus Called Him Simon Again
When Jesus called Simon to be His disciple, Jesus gave him a new name: Peter. In the garden of Gethsemane just before he was betrayed by Judas, however, Jesus called Peter by his former name once again. I never noticed this before, and our pastor (Matt Jones) pointed it out today in his sermon. In Mark 14:37 we read:
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. â€œSimon,â€ he said to Peter, â€œare you asleep? Couldnâ€™t you keep watch for one hour?
Jesus calls us all to remain awake and not sleep as we face times of trial together.