“But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” (Mk. 16:7 NKJ)
When the angels met the women at the empty tomb, the angels sent the women away with the above Gospel message for Jesus’ disciples. The women were to tell the disciples that the Lord is risen and they will see Him in Galilee, as He had spoken unto them.
The angel added an interesting phrase: “and Peter.” Peter was amongst “His disciples,” but the angel said, “But go, tell His disciples – and Peter.”
Why was Peter singled out? It was certainly not because He was of more value than the other disciples, or that he was the head disciple. It was because Peter was sinking in guilt, shame, condemnation, and self-rejection following the denial of His Master.
Peter had denied Jesus only three days prior to this announcement. The scriptures say, “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So he went out and wept bitterly” (Matt. 26:75 NKJ). Peter was down, probably wondering if Jesus would ever forgive him or even accept him.
Peter’s story is a lesson for us all. You might not have denied Jesus as he did, but I wonder how many of us would have acted differently if we were in his place. The angel said, “And Peter,” meaning the Lord still loved him and wanted him.
If you are in a place like Peter’s right now, the Lord still says to you that He loves you. You are still on His agenda. Just turn to Him and receive the love He has for you.
Was Peter able to overcome the guilt and shame of his failure?
APPLY THE WORD
If there is past failure keeping you tied down, arise and overcome it today. Focus on Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance of you, which is just like His love and acceptance of Peter.
Ask the Spirit to help you not to remain in any spot where you may have messed up.
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