We last left Peter weeping in the night after three denials of Jesus, (Cock Crowing Experiences!)
We can assume Peter finally went back to the disciples. When the women came to tell that the tomb was empty, Peter and John went running to the tomb to see for themselves. They saw, but they didn’t understand where to find his body. In addition, they couldn’t quite accept Mary Magdelene’s testimony that she had seen the risen Lord.
It always amazes me that they couldn’t remember that Jesus told them several times, as clear as could be, that the religious leaders would take him, kill him on a cross, and He would rise again.
Instead, they were overwhelmed with anxiety, fear, and questions.
That Sunday night, the two from Emmaus came with their report of an afternoon conversation with Jesus. In the midst of their story, Jesus himself appeared in the room. In their confused minds, the disciples thought it was a ghost.
“Peace be with you.” Luke 24:36
Peace… exactly what they needed most.
Jesus continued to assure them.
“Why are you troubled and why do doubts arise in your minds? Look at my hands and feet. It is I myself. Touch me and see.” Luke 24:38
Eventually, after many appearances, they came to understand that their master, the one they had followed and believed for three years had been true to His word. The cross was empty, the grave was empty; He had risen indeed!
Peter eventually processes it all, finds forgiveness, and moves foreword as the leading preacher and teacher. Peter finally fulfills the meaning of his name and becomes the “rock” that Jesus had proclaimed him to be. Years before, Jesus saw not what Peter was, but what he could become.
May we all be found faithful to trust in that same resurrection power so that we might become the person He envisions each of us to be in His kingdom’s work.
A blessed Resurrection Day to all.
~ Joyce ~