I know many of you are preparing to celebrate the gift that is Resurrection Sunday this morning...
But there are some of you who have no desire to celebrate Easter today.
Or maybe you would like to celebrate this glorious day, but you feel too far gone. The space between you and Jesus is as vast as the sea. Too much sorrow. Too much heartache. Too much sin.
Or maybe there are some of you who just feel that there is no way that a Holy God could love a girl like me.....
This post is for you beautiful friend.
"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 16:6-7
There are two words here for you this morning.
After everything. The betrayal. The denials. Three times Peter denied Jesus. After all the wrong doing and after all of the falling short and all of the everything that just wasn't right at all...
Jesus knew that Peter would be feeling less than. And that He would be feeling really worthless.
I mean. Here the stone has rolled away. The resurrection has happened. Jesus is alive.
And Peter is going to miss the miracle because of the shame of his past mistakes.
But God wanted to make sure He didn't miss it.
He made sure by actually calling for Peter by name....
The scriptures tell us in Mark 16:7 these words...
But go, tell His disciples- and Peter.
This is one of the many miracles that happened on Easter Sunday so many years ago.
The stone was rolled away.
He is risen.
The guards never heard a thing.
The angels appeared.
The women arrived first.
The angel spoke and gave directions.
A request was made for Peter, whom they specifically called by name, to hear the news about the miracles.
The one who had denied Jesus. The one who had betrayed Him.
Jesus wanted Him to know about all of this right away.
Because He loved Peter. Because He was forgiven. Because He wanted Him to know these things. Because He wanted to reassure him and reach out to Him and let Peter know that despite all of it....
Jesus still loved Peter.
And He still loves you.
He walked through that first Easter Sunday for all of us. Not just for the ones who claim to be perfect.
Or the ones who have been raised up in the church all of their life or whatever it may be...
Sweet friend, the work of the cross, the suffering and the glory of it all- is for every, single one of us.
Today, while you are trying to decide if this post may be the Father gently wooing you unto Himself, I want to ask you if you would just repeat these two little words over and over again to yourself today.
He didn't leave Peter out of the miracle.
He doesn't want to leave you out either. There are miracles He wants to do in your life.
And sometimes we know this truth but we just need to be reminded...
I want to encourage you to change Peter's name to your own and repeat this to yourself today over and over again. Anytime any negative thoughts try to fill your heart, just crush those thoughts by saying these two little words...
And Jenny Beth.
And then call on His name....
Because the same God who rolled the stone away over 2,000 years ago is here with us now and has rolled away every sin so that we could walk in forgiveness and love and hope and joy and grace and peace and the freedom to live life and life more abundantly.
Happy Easter to you beautiful friends.
Whether you are worshiping Him from the pew of a beautiful church or worshiping Him alone in your own home or wondering how to worship Him at all.
Please know this....
He loves you so.
"They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares His own son who serves him." Malachi 3:17