And he said to them, “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.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
This is the first written account we have of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. John Mark wrote this gospel under the direction of Simon Peter. For all practical purposes, this could be called the gospel of Peter. Interestingly, Mark recorded something in this account that is not mentioned in the other gospels. His mentioning of the angel’s words, “Go tell the disciples and PETER” about the resurrection. Peter never forgot the words of this angel. After his bitter failure the night Jesus was betrayed, those words “and Peter”
became very important to him. Through these words, Peter realized God had not given up on him, God’s plan was still in place, Peter could be restored to his relationship with the Lord.
Maybe you feel like a failure today. Is it possible you were once filled with zeal for the Lord only to have your fire for God grow dim, and compromise began to seep into your life. Maybe you feel like Peter, you have let the Lord down and He has no use for you anymore. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Peter’s greatest days were just ahead, forgiveness and restoration had been purchased on the cross, there was a place of ministry waiting for Peter.
Many times we try to serve God in our own human effort, human effort alone, can never fulfill the purposes and plans of God. Peter found this out and learned the importance of the imparted life and strength of God. Actually this is what happened as a result of the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ made the power of God available to us. This is exactly what Peter had in mind in his first letter, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Peter remembered that horrible feeling of failure and loneliness after he had denied the Lord. That is why the angel’s words, “Go tell the disciples and Peter” were so important to him.