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March 24 – Mark 16:1-20

Edie Holzer

Easter is a time to celebrate new life, new beginnings and forgiveness in Christ. When the women went to the tomb to tend to Jesus’ body, they were met by an angel. The angel said, “He has risen. He is not here…Go tell His disciples, and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee.” Isn’t it interesting that it says, “and Peter”? Why did he mention Peter rather than all the others?

 

It was Peter who stepped out of the boat and walked on water. It was Peter who proclaimed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” But it was also Peter who fled and vehemently denied Jesus three times, even though he swore up and down that he never would. When the rooster crowed, the Bible says Peter went out and wept bitterly. He probably thought Jesus could never love him or forgive him ever again. He probably thought he was a failure who  couldn’t follow through on what he had promised.

 

How many times have we failed and sinned even when we swore we wouldn’t? It’s so easy to think God could never forgive us or welcome us back. But just as God, speaking through the angel, specifically called Peter’s name, He is calling us back too. I’m so glad we serve a God of  second, third and fourth chances! He lovingly calls us by name just as He did Peter. He is waiting for us with open arms.

 

We pray,

Thank you, Lord, that we celebrate Your resurrection at Easter and Your forgiveness each day. Amen.


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