Thursday March 31- …and Peter
7 “But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, as He told you.”
This is the strangest verse in the whole Easter story. All of world history will change from that day forward. Go ahead, give an honest assessment of what happens in the world from the time of the resurrection of Jesus onward. Everything changes and it still is changing.
This is still true for each of us today.
When Jesus breaks into your life, you are not the same. You are someone whose whole life is opened to new possibilities. But, what does this have to do calling this the strangest verse?
Think about it. We have been studying the Gospel of Mark for over a year. And in all this time, it seems like we are reading the Jesus and Peter Show. Especially during Holy Week.
Peter is not a very sympathetic person in the story. He is actually a washout. A hypocrite. A liar. A traitor. A horrible friend. I call him worse than Judas, because he is Jesus’ best friend, and still he abandons Jesus and denies he even knows him.
Now, Jesus is dead. The only good thing about Peter is he doesn’t commit suicide like Judas. He just lives with his betrayal.
But, then, the two most beautiful words in all of Scripture are spoken. The angel announces the Messiah is alive, the redeemer of the world is risen. All bets are off, and the new kingdom has come!
What are the two words? Listen carefully.
…tell His disciples and Peter…
There they are…”And Peter.”
You think you have done something that makes you an enemy of God? You think you have been a person unworthy of the love of Jesus? Have you done something that you hate you did and it haunts your conscious or at least your subconscious to this day?
Well, remember these words. They are being spoken directly to you.
What do you need to forgive yourself for? Spend some time with God today and give it to him.