Friday, December 19, 2014

But go your way, tell his disciples AND PETER

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
and
 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.
(Luke 22:54-62)

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
Furthermore,
 like Peter,
 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.
Now that's
Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people!
Merry Christmas!
Jesus Loves you!

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10 comments:

  1. I LOVE this thought...how Jesus specifically mentioned Peter..separately. This is so touching. He is a forgiving, merciful, loving Lord, Whose compassions fail not! Praise His name! So thankful for you and this post. God bless you, dear friend. Love you!

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    1. I am so glad that this post touched you. Our Lord is full of compassion, and we should be as well.
      Love you too!

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  2. I was so blessed by your post this morning. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth, death and raising of our Lord!!

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    1. I am glad that you received a blessing from this post. I pray that you will have a wonderful Christmas too.
      God bless.

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  3. Beautiful message Chris! Thank you for sharing this encouragement. I often feel like Peter, passionate and inspired and yet how often I fall like Peter, humbled and in desperately in need of forgiveness....

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    1. I am glad that this post was encouraging. I am so thankful for God's compassion. He rather forgive than execute His judgment, which also reminds me of Nineveh. Have a wonderful christmas.
      God bless.

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  4. Thank you for linking up this lovely post at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Your comments are always so inspiring!
      God bless.

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  5. loved this: "shows that Jesus was eager to reassure Peter of His love....Furthermore, like Peter, 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?"
    Um... YES! Over and over and feel that restoring that passionate relationship is a hopeless endeavor. Like Peter.
    But it's not. Thank you for that reminder. And the reminder that Jesus loves me. Simple yet profound.
    I needed this. Thank you, God bless, and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

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    1. I am so glad that you were touched by this. Thanks for letting me know.
      Have a Merry Christmas.
      God bless.

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