Today we are all Peter

Easter. So much to so many. We are blessed, friends. So blessed if we know this King of Glory. If you are able to worship with others of like-precious faith today? You are blessed! Let us not take it for granted, but let us be forever grateful and take time to worship the ONE, Christ Jesus, who gave His life for us. You can read the rest of this week’s Holy Week posts here: Hosanna, Hanging on His Every Word, Put Away Your Sword , He Lives, What did Jesus do on Thursday?Friday is Good and Make it as sure as you can. You have blessed me with your response and added thoughts!

It is hard to find a more impetuous man in the Bible than the apostle, Peter. As a  matter of fact, the synonyms for the word impetuous, describe him even better:
  • Impulsive, yet brave.  “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 NIV.
  • Hasty, yet protective. “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must…be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 16:21-23.
  • Bold, but unthinking. “And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.” Luke 22:33, 34.
  • Courageous and spontaneous.And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:28-30.
There are more. So many more, but to compile all of his antics, heroics and corrections would take up too much space.
Peter is mentioned FIRST when the disciples are listed in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10.

Yet he failed. Many times, he failed the Lord. Even up to the most critical hours before the crucifixion, Peter fails.

So it is with great significance that we read this passage in the Bible AFTER the crucifixion.
After the death of Jesus.
After “It is finished.”
“And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.’” Mark 16:5-7 NKJV.
Did you see it? “Go tell His disciples”, the man says, that Jesus is alive and going before you into Galilee.
Today we are all Peter

Oh, and tell Peter.

I am overwhelmed by the love shown by the Lord here!

Jesus knew the guilt that Peter was struggling with after his denial of Christ. Jesus knew that he would feel unworthy to come face to face with Him again.

He knew the enemy’s tactics.
You failed.
You’re finished.
You can’t find forgiveness again.
He doesn’t want you.
He doesn’t need you.
You. Are. Worthless.
But no, friend, that’s not where our Lord leaves Peter! Jesus has been pretty busy the last few hours. Let’s recount: He has hung on a cruel cross for what seemed like “forever”. He died an agonizing death that no one should ever suffer. Then, while Pilate and his buddies are plotting how to KEEP the King of the Jews in the grave, Jesus is out getting the keys to death, hell and the grave!

But Jesus, even with His schedule, and His mission, takes time to remember one brokenhearted soul.

He takes the time to make sure Peter knows He is forgiven.
He is loved.
He is remembered.
He is wanted.
He is even needed.

It doesn’t matter what you have done, Peter. It doesn’t matter how many times you failed me. I am not remembering your mistakes. I have come back to give you hope.

And a mission. Jesus had given Peter a mission. “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 
Peter spends the rest of his life preaching the Good News, the Gospel, that Jesus is alive! He has overcome the grave and we can too…through His blood that He shed on Calvary!
Peter preaches the first message of The Church in Acts 1 and 2 and 3,000 souls are filled with the Holy Ghost. He continues to share, and share, and share, until his words that one time cost him to weep bitterly, come back to him one more time.

“Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!”

 See, Peter died a martyr’s death. Whether he intended it or not, or remembered it, (although I would like to think he did when his time came) he received his chance to give his life for his Lord and Savior.
So friend, what is hindering you today? Have you failed at some point in your life?

So did Peter.

Have you stumbled, been broken, confused, hurt, betrayed, lied about, lied, and made so many mistakes you cannot remember them all?

So did Peter.

And the Lord took the time to single him out and say, “Hey, and be sure and tell Peter too. He would want to know I forgive him.” (my paraphrase)
Jesus remembers you today too.
He paid it all so you would not have to. Accept that forgiveness today. Let Him in!
That message wasn’t just for Peter that day. It was for you too.

“Hey, be sure and tell __________ I’m alive. Forevermore.”


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11 thoughts on “Today we are all Peter

    1. Candace Jo Post author

      Yes, he is Kelly! We are all sinners saved by grace. Today I am thankful for that Grace! Thank you for the RaRa and for visiting!

  1. messymarriage

    Absolutely love this, Nannette! I’ve been in contact with a person via emails and Twitter over the past year or two who is or was an unbeliever. I challenged this person to receive Christ and this person told me they wanted to do it. But ever since then this person has fallen off the grid. I’m worried that they feel like you’ve talked about here–the “Peter Syndrome.” It’s easy to not understand how gracious our Lord is with us and our sins. His grace is bigger! Thanks for the inspiring post and I’ll be sharing!

    1. Candace Jo Post author

      Oh I will pray for your friend Beth. God is so able and working where we do not see. His grace IS bigger than all of our failures and mistakes. I am grateful. (On a side note…still thrilled I was able to meet you!! ♥)

  2. wisdom4wives

    Oh how wonderful. I don’t know that I’ve ever noticed how Peter was singled out in that way. God just doesn’t give up on us!

    1. Candace Jo Post author

      He surely doesn’t! Thank you so much for visiting!

  3. joanneviola

    Nannette, so grateful our Lord went to Peter. And I am more grateful He continues to come to each one of us. Grateful to be forgiven. Blessings!

    1. Candace Jo Post author

      I agree, so grateful He comes to each of us. Thank you Joanne!

  4. Hazel Moon

    Yes Jesus did give that important word, Tell Peter – – yes including those who back track and stumble, but repent, get up and go on. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  5. Joanna Sormunen

    I agree, we are all Peter today, and most of the days of our lives. One moment we are so close to Him, so certain He will always be there. And the next we turn our backs to Him and say we never even knew Him. Because we feel that He is not the vanquisher we thought He was.
    But we can be forgiven because He is risen!

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