Devotions for the Week of April 16, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 16, 2017 

“But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7

 

Peter had a rough weekend.  It was the worst three days of his life.

First there were the prayers in the garden on Thursday night.  Peter just could not stay awake.  It was late.  He was full from dinner, and even though Jesus needed him to stay awake and pray with Him, Peter failed.

Then Judas came with the soldiers.  Peter tried to defend Jesus.  He took out his sword and came within inches of a fatal blow to the neck.  But Jesus rebuked Peter.  He told Peter to put away his sword and stop resisting.  Once again, Peter failed.

But Peter would not abandon Jesus, and so he followed at a distance to the high priest’s compound.  He tried to stay anonymous.  He didn’t want anyone to know who he was.  And so when the questions started to come, all Peter could do was deny, deny, deny.  Three times he claimed that he didn’t know Jesus.  Three times Peter chose his own life and his own safety over Jesus’.  The cock crowed and Jesus’ words came back to Peter.  Again, Peter had failed.

Peter went away and wept bitterly.  Peter cried his eyes out.  How could this happen?

When Jesus was finally crucified, Peter could not even bear to watch.  He didn’t even show up.  And Jesus died alone.

Imagine how Peter must have felt all day on Saturday.  He had failed his friend, when He needed him most.  He had turned his back on Jesus, denied him, and ran away in fear.  Certainly there was nothing he could ever do to make up for these mistakes.  Certainly there was no way that Jesus could ever forgive him.

Keep all of this in mind when you hear once more the angels’ words, “”But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”

The angel says, “go, tell his disciples and Peter.”  Peter is the only one mentioned by name.  Be sure to tell Peter.  Make sure that Peter hears the good news.  Let Peter know that Jesus is alive, that He is risen and He wants to see him.  The good news of the resurrection was especially for Peter.

The good news of the resurrection is for you, too, especially for you.  No matter what you’ve done, no matter how you’ve failed Jesus, hear once more the good news that Jesus’ is risen!        

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

 

Thank you, Jesus, for rising from the dead, so that I will have everlasting life. Amen