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"Singled Out For Grace"

"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 16:7

Mark 16:5-6 gives us yet another eyewitness account of that first Easter morning when Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Its obvious the women expected to find the lifeless body of Jesus there in the tomb. Yet, coming to the tomb and finding the stone had been rolled away Mark writes, "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."

The message was clear. God's not dead, He has risen just as He said! The unbelievable just became believable and the women excited and yet afraid hurried from the tomb to go tell Jesus disciples and Peter that Jesus would meet them in Galilee and there they would see for themselves that Jesus was in fact, alive and well. Did you notice that Mark tells us that the man dressed in white apparel gave clear instructions to the women to go tell Jesus disciples and Peter? Wasn't Peter a disciple? Why then would the angel single Peter out apart from the other disciples. I believe its because at this point in his life Peter felt like anything but a disciple. Remember Peter's last encounter regarding Jesus was one of denial, and not once or twice, but three times.

Imagine the scene here. Matthew's gospel tells us that while Jesus was being beaten and mocked, "…Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee." But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are saying." And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth." But again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the Man!" And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, "Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you." Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly."

Peter "wept bitterly" Matthew writes in his gospel. I don't know if you can relate to Peter but I can. I know first hand what its like to let down people I love, and what its like to fail miserably and to weep bitterly. Its painful to say the least and Peter was living with the memory of his last encounter with Jesus before His crucifixion as being one of betrayal. That would be hard for anyone to live with and Jesus, knowing the hearts and thoughts of all mankind understood and that is the very reason I believe He singled Peter out from the other disciples. Peter was singled out for grace. God knows what we all need to remember, "Those who seemingly deserve grace the least need it most".

If you feel like you have blown it once too often and that there is no way the Lord could possibly forgive you, think again. Peter's story here can be your story today if you need it to be. God showed Peter grace when Peter needed it most and the good news of the gospel is, what was true for Peter can be true for you and me too. Grace is God's one way love that He offers to us as a gift completely unmerited. Maybe you haven't blown it lately like Peter here but I'm sure you know someone who has. 

Let God use you, friend, single someone out for grace today and go tell them Jesus is risen just as He said. Let them know they too can find forgiveness in Jesus Christ just like you and me, and that because He lives they can live too. No one needs to live with guilt or shame, failure or regret. The Cross and empty tomb are proof! There really is nothing like being singled out for grace!

"To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ"

Ephesians 3:8


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