A Personal Saviour With a Personal Message
Mark 16: 7 “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”
He was told it would happen, but as Peter denied the Lord for the third time and the rooster crowed, he realized the gravity of what he had done. The scene is overshadowed with heartbreak as the Sanhedrin interrogated Jesus of Nazareth. Accusations were flying as lies were spewed out towards the very Son of God. Jesus was on trial and all sides were against Him. Those He had walked with, taught and cared for, had fled and scattered like frightened sheep. But one had followed 'afar off.' Peter was typically the most courageous and bold, but now we find him in tears, ashamed and running away with a broken heart, having denied His Lord.
So many had forsaken, so many had left discouraged. What had taken place was not what they had in mind. Jesus should not have died like that and they should not have left Him. Perhaps the most disappointed among them was Peter. He had failed his master and he didn’t have a chance to apologize or a chance to make it right and to stand up for the Lord. Instead he had run, failed and disappointed the one he knew to be the Christ.
As believers we can pass through moments where we feel broken, hurt, ashamed, disappointed or alone. Perhaps we can relate in some way to Peter with some struggle or failure that we have faced in our lives. If there are struggles with letting go of a past mistake or the feeling of failure and despair, then perhaps the message given to those three faithful ladies who stood outside the empty tomb will encourage you today.
“And he saith unto them, be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: 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” (Mk. 16: 6-7).
How wonderful to see the care of the Lord towards a fallen and discouraged disciple. A personal message was to be given directly to Peter that the Lord was going before them. Although Peter had turned his back on Christ, Christ would not forsake His needy disciple but instead the desire of the Lord was that through this small message, Peter would once again be lifted up.
Let us appreciate today, the One who holds us in His hands, who has promised to be with us in every circumstance of life. The One who can sympathize with what we are feeling or passing through. Thank God for care of the Great Shepherd who would pass along a personal message in a time of need. Dear believer let us not forget that the same care, love and desire shown towards Peter is at our disposal today.
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has two young children.