When we sin against other folks, our all-natural response is to distance ourselves from them. The naughty youngster who has defied her parents will appear at the mess she has created, then slink away to her area. The church member who has spread gossip about yet another individual will preserve his distance the subsequent Sunday. In this way, we imitate our initially parents when they committed their initially sin. In their shame and uncertainty, they ran and hid in a vain try to escape the all-recognizing gaze of God.
The final glimpse we see of Peter in the drama of Jesus’s crucifixion, he is a broken man who has committed a terrible act of betrayal. 3 occasions he has denied any association with Jesus 3 occasions he has gone so far as to contact down divine judgment upon himself rather than take the danger of getting linked with the man he when declared “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Even though he had boldly promised he would rather die than deny, even though he had bravely drawn his sword to defend his Lord, he has considering the fact that 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 regret.
However the initially glimpse we see of Peter in the drama of Jesus’s resurrection, he is a confident man who remains accepted amongst the disciples. He is a brother, not an outcast. Upon hearing the news that Jesus is no longer in the tomb, it is Peter who rushes to be initially to investigate, initially to run toward this now-risen Lord. When he and his colleagues sees Jesus on shore, Peter is initially to plunge overboard, initially to race confidently to his side. In spite of his grave transgression, he lacks no assurance.
What gave Peter such self-confidence? What compelled him to run toward alternatively of run away? I can assume of only 1 factor: He knew Jesus. And what convinced the disciples to continue to affirm alternatively of start to reject Peter as their peer? I can assume of only 1 factor: They knew Jesus. Peter and the other disciples had spent time with Jesus, had been recognized by Jesus, had been loved by Jesus. They had full self-confidence in his willingness and capacity to forgive. It appears never ever to have entered their minds that Peter really should be shamed, shunned, or reprimanded, or that he ought to endure a time of symbolic rejection just before experiencing formal restoration. Even though Jesus had not but totally manifested himself to them by means of his ascension into glory and by means of the sending of his Spirit, currently they knew. They knew Peter was a pal of Jesus and that no betrayal would sever that friendship. Their self-confidence was primarily based firmly on their expertise of the 1 who had told them, “No longer do I contact you servants … but I have named you close friends.”
My fellow Christian, considering the fact that you are in Christ—since you have place your faith in him and received his forgiveness—you, also, are his pal. You, also, are recognized and loved by him. You, also, can have the self-confidence that no matter how badly you have betrayed him, no matter how terribly you have transgressed, he will never ever turn you away. In your sin and failure, in your grief and shame, you can make like Peter and run straight to Christ.