And Peter

“But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” Mark 16:7

And Peter. What wonderful compassion is communicated in those two little words. Peter who had boasted of his own strength and faithfulness. Peter who suggested he had superior strength to his brethren, the other disciples. “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be (Mark 14:29).” Peter who proclaimed that even death itself would not separate him from owning Christ: “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You (Mark 14:31).” Peter…Peter who denied Christ…not once…not twice…but three times. That Peter.

Tell the disciples…and Peter! Tell Peter. Weeping, remorseful, repentant Peter. Tell him. The angel told these women at the tomb, these first witnesses to the resurrection, to go proclaim this good news…and be sure to tell Peter too. No doubt, but this angel had explicit instructions to convey the message in this way. No doubt it was the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom every angel submits, who wanted the message relayed in this fashion with those words…”and Peter.”. It is a mark of our Lord’s tenderness, compassion, and restoring love. Peter promised more than he could do. But Christ kept His promise to rise again, a Redeemer for promise breakers like you and me.

“But go, tell His disciples, and ______.” Fill your name in there, believing friend. The good news has come to you, and has come to me. Will you believe it? Are you convinced and persuaded that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, according to the Scriptures? Have you repented of your sin and put your faith in Him whom death could not hold and the grave could not keep? Then why are you weeping and sad? Why are you doubting and afraid? Why are you worried and bothered with so many things? He is risen! He is risen indeed! You have heard it, not from the lips of an angel, but from the very mouth of God Himself, speaking by the Spirit in the Word.

This same, compassionate, Lord Jesus who ensured that “and Peter” was added to the angel’s message, is calling you and I to faith and obedience. He who knows our faults and failures, nevertheless calls us by name, back into His service, back to Himself.

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