Originally a fisherman, Peter was was one of the greatest disciples, and he was one of twelve apostles chosen by Jesus.
Looking at the following scriptures, it's obvious that Peter deeply loved Jesus and had a genuine, wholehearted desire to follow and serve Him.
Peter walked on water. Matthew 14:28-29
Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah. Matthew 16:16
Peter cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest who came to arrest Jesus. John 18:10
Peter was present at the Transfiguration of Jesus. Mark 9:2-8
it was Peter who said,
Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. Luke 22:3
However, Peter denied Jesus three times, and he wept bitterly.
Can you even begin to imagine the heartbreak of Peter. I presume it's likely that Peter doubted if Jesus could ever love him again.
Scripture tells how Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body and an angel of the Lord said,
"...he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you." Mark 16:6-7
Since Peter was a disciple in the first place, why would the angel have this specific message that emphasised Peter personally?
Perhaps, during those three days, Peter had been wondered if Jesus could ever love him again after he had denied Him three times.
This message from the angel, in my opinion, shows that Jesus was eager to reassure Peter of His love.
Doesn't this beautifully illustrate the love and willingness to forgive that our Lord Jesus has for us?
Although we fail Him, He says,
"I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." Hebrews 8:12
it hurts the most when we have been so passionate for the Lord, and yet we stumble.
Are we grieved by our sin as Peter was? Do we weep?
1 John 1:9 reads,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Here are a few more scriptures of reassurance:
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
As we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus, we realize that He is the reason for every season. Had He only been born, we would still be in need of a saviour. Had he only died, we would still be in need of justification.
But because He died and rose again, we are made righteous in the sight of God.
Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people!
Jesus Loves you!
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