Maybe the Easter story won’t let loose of me because we’re still studying Matthew in Community Bible Study.
Whatever the reason, the stories within The Story grip me.
While the disciples hid, a couple of courageous women, headed to the tomb, only to discover a gaping hole and an angel announcing, ” Jesus isn’t here. He’s alive. Go tell the disciples, Peter especially.”
So they did.
Peter singled out from the pack. Public deny-er #1. Hasn’t slept a wink with roosters crowing in his ears.
So in need of forgiveness, another shot at living out our promises to God and others.
Maybe that’s what’s so compelling about Peter’s story. He muddles and meddles, is faithful and faithless. He’s cock sure of his inner strength until life happens and some chicken reminds him he’s not as tough as he thought he was.
I get it, Peter. If I took one of those kits to check ancestry, I’m pretty sure we’re kin.
In Philip Yancy’s devotional, Grace Notes, he writes, “We are all desperate, and that is, in fact, the only state appropriate to a human being who wants to know God. Having fallen from the absolute Ideal, we have nowhere to land but in the safety net of absolute grace.” (p.150)
And that’s where Simon Peter, so sure he’s irrevocably fallen from grace, finds he’s landed, “in the safety net of absolute grace.”
For all of us with cock-a-doodle-doos and don’ts of our failures ringing in our ears, Peter’s story offers hope for healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, mercy and another chance.
Grace waits, not with finger wagging, but net spread deep and wide.
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