by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Go and tell the disciples INCLUDING Peter.
If we remember the story of Jesus’ arrest, then we remember Peter denied he ever knew Jesus. Not just once, but three times. Exactly as Jesus predicted.
In the Resurrection account recorded in Mark, specific mention was made that Peter be included in the telling of the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. Peter needed to know Christ had risen from the dead. Peter needed to know Jesus was, and is, alive! Peter needed to know he was included in Jesus’ story.
Maybe we’ve been like Peter and denied we knew Jesus. Maybe we’ve hid our light under the bushel. Maybe we’ve turned our back on the Son of God. Maybe.
But you know what? Jesus loves each of us. He really does. He loves us so much he willingly paid the price for our sins so we wouldn’t have to. He took the nails and sadistic lashes we deserved. Jesus took the punishment and wrath of God that was headed our way upon his perfect, sinless self. He did that for you. For me. All so we could be included in his story.
Even after Peter denied he ever knew Jesus, Jesus included Peter in his invitation to eat some grilled fish by the seashore. His invitation includes each of us, as well. The question for us is, what are we going to do about it?
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The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased embalming spices.
Early the following morning, just at sunrise, they carried them out to the tomb. On the way they were discussing how they could ever roll aside the huge stone from the entrance.
But when they arrived they looked up and saw that the stone—a very heavy one—was already moved away and the entrance was open! So they entered the tomb—and there on the right sat a young man clothed in white. The women were startled, but the angel said, “Don’t be so surprised. Aren’t you looking for Jesus, the Nazarene who was crucified? He isn’t here! He has come back to life! Look, that’s where his body was lying. Now go and give this message to his disciples including Peter:
“‘Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!’” Mark 16:1-7 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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