The Devil and Defeat
Go Tell Peter – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Mark 14:66-72
Key Verse: Mark 16:7
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.’ “
As we continue our thoughts from yesterday’s devotional, I want to think about two perspectives. The first viewpoint is Jesus’. Jesus had a bird’s eye perspective of the unfolding of the future. He obviously knew His own fate at this point. He had experienced His “Gethsemane” prayer of surrender. He had asked the Father if there were any other way to accomplish the salvation of mankind. With great distress and even to the point of death, Jesus prayed and surrendered to the will of the heavenly Father (Mark 14:34). Not only did Jesus have to cope with His own death, but He was then faced with the betrayal and denial of His disciples. Yet after Peter’s denial, Jesus reached out to him to restore him. I have no doubt Jesus did this because of Peter’s deep sorrow over his own sin—God always responds to our sincere repentance.
The second perspective is Peter’s. I wonder what his reaction was when the ladies told him that Jesus specifically mentioned his name. Maybe they didn’t mention it at first. Possibly Peter had indicated, after hearing the news of Jesus’ resurrection, that he wouldn’t be welcomed any longer by Jesus. Maybe it was then that the ladies told Peter: “No, Jesus mentioned your name specifically! Jesus wanted you to come.” The scripture does not tell us how it happened, but we can be assured that Peter was overwhelmed with joy—he had been forgiven. Do you need to receive the love and compassion of Jesus today? He forgives you. Come back!
Father, I have never been worthy of you. I simply receive your mercy and love, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.