Finding Grace after Failure

Have you ever completely blown it?

As a father, friend, believer, husband, son… In every aspect of my life I can point to times of miserable failure. Instances where I was the exact opposite of what I am called to be. That point of despair and failure that causes me to question the extent of God’s love.

Then I think of Peter.

Peter told Christ that when all others fall away he would be faithful even to death. Within 24 hours Peter denied knowing or following Christ 3 different times.

Can you imagine how Peter felt? An utter failure, unworthy of love, and unforgivable.

…then Sunday came

A couple of ladies found an empty tomb guarded by angel, an angel with a very specific message,

“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has 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 to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:6-7

Did you catch that? Go tell the disciples… And Peter.

The message of Christ’s resurrection came with direct instructions to go tell Peter.

Christ had a clear message to Peter, I died knowing you would fail. I still love you. My grace is sufficient.

Hope, grace, forgiveness… All from the outstretched nail-scarred hands of Jesus.

Praise God that He is a Savior that says “Go tell Peter…”