And Peter – Mark 16

            Reconciliation—what a sweet feeling! After an argument or separation to be forgiven and reconciled, the relationship healed.

            Peter had denied knowing Jesus, even calling down curses on himself if he was lying about it. And Jesus, after rising from the dead, specifically says to tell Peter. He wants to see Peter to let him know he’s forgiven; that sin is under the blood. Jesus wants to renew the relationship.

            Peter denied Jesus and afterwards “broke down and wept.” (Mark 14;72 NIV) David knew that feeling. In Psalm 38:4 he says, “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.” (NIV) Peter had probably been wallowing in that guilt for three days and all he could think of was Jesus saying “I tell you the truth, today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown Me three times,” (Mark 14:30 NIV) and then the rooster’s crowing echoing over and over through his head as if to remind him of what he’d done.

            Jesus knew what Peter had done and yet the angel told the women, “go tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see Him.” (Mark 16:7 NIV) Tell Peter! Not everyone but Peter, but tell them all including Peter.

            Jesus knows what you’ve done, what I’ve done and yet He still says to tell everyone including you, including me, forgiveness, reconciliation, renewal of relationship is available because of Calvary. Christ has made it possible to have that relationship with God through His blood shed on the cross. “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him. For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life. Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:9-11 NIV) Reconciliation—What a sweet feeling!

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