And especially Peter
Look in Mark, chapter 16. Read the first five verses about the women’s surprise when they find the stone moved to the side. Then feast on that beautiful phrase spoken by the angel, “He is not here, he is risen.” But don’t pause for too long. Go a bit further…the verse reads like this: “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.”
…If I might paraphrase the words, “Don’t stay here, go tell the disciples,” a pause, then a smile, “and especially Peter, that he is going before you to Galilee.”
What a line. It’s as if all of heaven had watched Peter fall — and it’s as if all of heaven wanted to help him back up again. “Be sure to tell Peter that he’s not left out. Tell him that one failure doesn’t make a flop.”
How can you not love that? Because seriously, even though the Bible doesn’t spell it out, how do you think Peter felt about messing up in such a big way that day? That he’d denied he even knew Jesus during the trials and crucifixion, and right after swearing up and down he’d never let Jesus down? Honestly, how do we feel when we know–when we so ashamedly know–we’ve messed up? Big time. Yeah, we totally get how Peter was probably feeling.
So thank you, Jesus. Thank you so, so much that on any given day one failure doesn’t make a flop. That our failures don’t have to keep us from you. That we aren’t left out but instead are offered the promise and redemption and power of your resurrection.
“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.
Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from
the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” –I Corinthians 15:3-4