When we sin towards different folks, our pure response is to distance ourselves from them. The naughty baby who has defied her mother and father will take a look at the mess she has made, then slink away to her room. The church member who has unfold gossip about one other individual will preserve his distance the following Sunday. On this manner, we imitate our first mother and father after they dedicated their first sin. Of their disgrace and uncertainty, they ran and hid in a useless try to flee the all-knowing gaze of God.
The final glimpse we see of Peter within the drama of Jesus’s crucifixion, he’s a damaged man who has dedicated a horrible act of betrayal. 3 times he has denied any affiliation with Jesus; thrice he has gone as far as to name down divine judgment upon himself fairly than take the chance of being related to the person he as soon as declared “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Although he had boldly promised he would fairly die than deny, although he had bravely drawn his sword to defend his Lord, he has since revealed his utter cowardice. As Jesus suffers and dies, Peter runs and hides. As Jesus publicly breathes his final, Peter privately weeps bitter tears of conviction, guilt, and remorse.
But the primary glimpse we see of Peter within the drama of Jesus’s resurrection, he’s a assured man who stays accepted among the many disciples. He’s a brother, not an outcast. Upon listening to the information that Jesus is not within the tomb, it’s Peter who rushes to be first to research, first to run towards this now-risen Lord. When he and his colleagues sees Jesus on shore, Peter is first to plunge overboard, first to race confidently to his facet. Regardless of his grave transgression, he lacks no assurance.
What gave Peter such confidence? What compelled him to run towards as an alternative of run away? I can consider just one factor: He knew Jesus. And what satisfied the disciples to proceed to affirm as an alternative of start to reject Peter as their peer? I can consider just one factor: They knew Jesus. Peter and the opposite disciples had hung out with Jesus, had been recognized by Jesus, had been liked by Jesus. They’d full confidence in his willingness and capability to forgive. It appears by no means to have entered their minds that Peter ought to be shamed, shunned, or reprimanded, or that he should endure a time of symbolic rejection earlier than experiencing formal restoration. Although Jesus had not but absolutely manifested himself to them via his ascension into glory and thru the sending of his Spirit, already they knew. They knew Peter was a pal of Jesus and that no betrayal would sever that friendship. Their confidence was based mostly firmly on their data of the one who had advised them, “No longer do I call you servants … but I have called you friends.”
My fellow Christian, since you might be in Christ—because you’ve put your religion in him and obtained his forgiveness—you, too, are his pal. You, too, are recognized and liked by him. You, too, can have the boldness that irrespective of how badly you’ve betrayed him, irrespective of how terribly you’ve transgressed, he won’t ever flip you away. In your sin and failure, in your grief and disgrace, you may make like Peter and run straight to Christ.