Tell His Disciples and Peter: God’s Response to Our Failures

Go, tell His disciples and Peter, that He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you. (Mark 16:7, KJV)
Have you struggled with guilt or shame from spiritual failures? Even Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, experienced this. Following Jesus’ resurrection, an angel conveyed a message to the women at His tomb, singling out Peter. Why would the angel do this? Let’s explore this together and uncover the divine mercy revealed in these two words “and Peter.”

Remembering the events three days before Jesus’ resurrection helps us understand the depth of this message. Upon Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, Peter denied Him three times, despite his vow never to do so. As he denied Jesus for the third time, their eyes met (Luke 22:61-62). This look from Jesus reminded Peter of Jesus’ words, piercing his heart with profound sadness and disappointment. Peter rushed out and wept bitterly.

Amid Peter’s self-condemnation, the angel’s message brought a glimmer of hope. He mentioned Peter’s name specifically, subtly indicating that Jesus was aware of his transgression yet hadn’t given up on him. This assurance of Jesus’s love, even in his failure, breathed life back into his guilt-ridden soul.

Upon hearing that Jesus had risen, this assurance sparked a powerful transformation in Peter. He was imbued with a newfound hope and resolve. Driven by overwhelming love and gratitude, he hastened to the tomb, running towards redemption and the person he had denied.

In the same way, Jesus beckons your name with a message of love and forgiveness, despite your shortcomings. He wants you to remember that He cherishes you regardless of your failures. His unwavering love for Peter inspired him to move beyond his guilt and shame, and it can do the same for you.


Reflect on Peter’s journey from guilt and shame to redemption. How does this relate to your own life?

Apply the Word

Letting go of past failures is a challenging but essential step in our spiritual journey. Rather than languishing in our mistakes, let’s follow Peter’s example and fix our gaze upon Christ.


Ask for the grace to rise from any ashes of past failures that may still hinder your spiritual growth today.

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