by Kevin McGinley, HCA Athletic Director & Pastor of SouthGate Church
There are two words in the Easter story that are often missed or overlooked. Two words that were life-changing for the person they were meant for on that first Resurrection Day. Two words that can also give each one of us tremendous hope, courage, and faith. Ready? Here they are: “and Peter.”
Doesn’t sound like much, but oh so significant! Those two little words personalized the power of the resurrection for the Apostle Peter, and for us. They are found only in the Gospel of Mark, as the angel of the Lord tells the women at the empty tomb that Jesus is risen from the dead:
“Go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.”
What hope must have dawned in Peter’s heart when he was told of those words: “tell His disciples and Peter.” Think of it! Peter was completely distraught, in the depth of despair because he had denied he even knew Jesus. Then he witnessed Jesus brutally crucified and buried in the garden tomb. He had failed the Messiah when it mattered most, and all hope seemed lost.
But then the words, “and Peter.” Jesus was alive and wanted to fully redeem one of His closest followers who had abandoned Him at the time of His greatest need. It lets us know that Christ’s resurrection is for everyone – and for the one! Peter ran to the tomb that first Easter morning and saw the strips of linen that once were wrapped around Jesus’ crucified body and hope flowed back into his heart. Jesus later sought Peter out on the lake shore and, without any condemnation, restored Peter, asking him three times, “Peter, do you love Me?”
Full of the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to boldly proclaim the resurrection on the day of Pentecost: “God raised Jesus from the dead, because it is impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.” (Acts 2:24)
Now, put your name in the blank: “Go, tell His disciples and ______________.”
Allow the hope of the resurrection to flow into your heart. Know that Jesus can redeem your biggest mistakes and forgive your greatest sins. He’s alive! He’s alive in you!
reblogged from April 2, 2015