“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” – Mark 16:6-7 NIV
Go, tell his disciples. And Peter. Just recently, when reading through the book of Mark in a devotional, this passage jumped out at me. Why does the angel mention Peter’s name specifically? I’d never thought about it before. Until now.
Peter had just denied Jesus, despite his fervent declaration that He’d follow Jesus even to death. He denied Him, just as Jesus foretold that he would. Then he watched His Lord, the One he’d already confessed to know was the Son of God, die on the cross.
Imagine the state of Peter’s heart that Easter weekend. Despairing. Guilty. Hopeless. He probably hated himself, maybe even to the point of death!
But Peter…This is for you!
And Dear Ones, bruised, broken, weary…This is for you, too!
Good News! He is risen!
Though your sins were like scarlet, you’ve been washed white as snow! (Isaiah 1:18)