Love.

It’s 9:37 PM.  I’ve been writing a poem about what happened after Jesus was resurrected since about 3:00PM which means that I’ve been reading the bible for that long as well.  Two things about Peter stood out to me.

1.  In Mark 16:7 when the angel appeared to the women at the tomb he said:”Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”

This of course was after Peter had denied Jesus three times, as Jesus already told him that he would.  I thought it was interesting how the angel made sure to tell the women at the tomb “including Peter.” Even through blatant and intentional betrayal, Peter was not counted as unworthy of Jesus’ love on the cross. Good news…neither are we.

2.  In John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you love me?”

So after Peter has denied Jesus three times before he was crucified, and now he is given the opportunity to tell Jesus that he loves him three times.  This can be representation of the redemption that we received through Christ’s death.  Another opportunity, another chance to live right.

I love the fact that Jesus doesn’t not come in condemnation.  He didn’t get up from the grave, appear to the disciples and tell Peter “Nah, you’re done!” Jesus is so full of love and mercy!!

Which led me to: “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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

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