“Go tell His disciples, and Peter…” (Mark 16:7). What is the significance of this phrase that we find in the gospel of Mark? To understand it, it is helpful to know that the gospel of Mark is written from Peter’s perspective. In essence it is the “Memoirs of Peter.” Remember Peter is the disciple who had denied Jesus on the night He was crucified. Imagine what Peter felt after Jesus’s death. Do you think he might have expressed some remorse? Do you think he might have felt badly for denying his Lord and his savior? But on the day that Jesus rose from the dead He sends an angel who tells the women who found the empty grave, “Go tell the disciples and Peter that Jesus is alive, and for them to go meet Him in Galilee.”
Can you imagine what this meant for Peter? Can you imagine how significant it was for him, that Jesus was calling him by name? Jesus is the One—the Good Shepherd—who leaves the 99 sheep to go after the one. In this beautiful Act of love, Jesus is telling Peter, “I have not disowned you. I love you. I am with you, and I am for you.” He is telling Peter, “there is nothing that you have done that can keep me from loving you.”
Peter knew the significance of this truth, and therefore shares it with us through the gospel of Mark. Today, can you hear Jesus making this the same statement about you? “Go tell the disciples, and ______ (you can put your name in that blank), that I am alive; that I love you, and that I want to fellowship with you”?
On this week in which we are remembering and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, can you hear Him saying to you, “I love you. No matter where you’ve been, no matter where you what you’ve done, no matter where you are with me, I love you. I am alive again, so you can have life.”
Jesus’ resurrection marks the day of new beginnings; the day of possibilities. This is the day where we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the old things have passed away and all have become new.
Can you hear Jesus Calling You by name comma calling you to himself with this wonderful offer of eternal life? You can come to Him boldly and confidently. You can bring the pieces of your life to Him, because He longs to restore you. He is welcoming you with open arms!
Dr. Chiqui Polo-Wood | All Rights Reserved 2016