According to Fox’s Book of Martyrs, the apostle Peter suffers persecution, and is crucified during the reign of Emperor Nero. There is some disagreement among historians as to whether Peter is crucified in Rome or elsewhere. Nonetheless, Peter knows he is being sought by Nero. Upon attempting to leave the city, Peter sees a vision of Christ. Peter asks, “Lord, where are You going?” And the Lord answers, “I am come again to be crucified.” Peter understands these words to mean that he should remain within the city, and suffer persecution on Christ’s behalf. At his crucifixion, his only request is that he be placed on the cross upside down because he feels he is not worthy to be on the cross in the same position as Christ.
Before his unfortunate demise, Jesus selects Peter as one of his disciples. He walks with Christ as his disciple for his entire ministry. He is known throughout the Gospel as one of the most outspoken disciples, even chiding Christ for revealing for the disciples that he would go to Jerusalem, be beaten and killed, and be resurrected – to which Christ replied, “Get behind me, Satan!” (See, Matthew 16:21-23). Peter is given credit for writing 1 Peter and 2 Peter in the Bible. He also preached the church’s first sermon after the dispensation of the Holy Spirit.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3
I just love these words written by Peter!