Simon Peter was a fisherman in Bethsaida (John 1:44). He was named Simon, son of Jonah. During a trip at sea where Peter and his brother Andrew were fishing, when they met Jesus and told them to put the nets in the deep water and they netted an enormous amount of fish. When Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.' Jesus said to Peter, 'Do not be afraid; from now on it is people you will be catching.' Then, bringing their boats back to land they left everything and followed him." Peter is among the first of the disciples called during Jesus' ministry. Peter became the first listed apostle ordained by Jesus in the early church. The Gospels and Acts portray Peter as the most prominent apostle, though he denied Jesus three times during the events of the crucifixion. According to the Christian tradition, Peter was the first disciple to whom Jesus appeared, balancing Peter's denial and restoring his position. Peter is regarded as the first leader of the early Church.
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