Broken, Restored, Responding

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Broken:

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke (he broke) down and wept. Mark 14:72

Restored:

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter (and Peter)… Mark 16:6-7

Responding:

But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, (Peter, however,) got up and ran to the tomb…  Luke 24:11-12

Peter made a mistake that just broke him. However because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross and then by rising again there was/is more grace, mercy, forgiveness and new life than Peter/we could ever imagine!! God knew the repentive state of Peters heart and He longed for Peter to know new life in Him! So He specifically makes sure that the good news will be shared with His disciples and especially He says, with Peter, make sure Peter hears it too, that I am alive! God knew Peter was so greatly in need of healing, restoration… to know that God still loved him and had made away for his sin to be forgiven and remembered no more.

Ever been broken? Satan wants to keep you there in shame because shame renders a person frozen, ineffective, baring no fruit. Shame is not from God. Guilt is different and it is what motivates us to run back to God when we know we have sinned in order to be restored! If you still have breath in your lungs and a beat in your heart God still has a purpose for your life!

When at first the good news that Jesus had risen was heard everyone thought it was nonsense. Not Peter, he was holding on to what just might be a living hope! He had to respond to that glimmer of a possibility!

Might we when we find ourselves broken be willing to take Jesus at His Word and believe that His sacrifice was enough?! The only shame in brokenness is choosing to believe Satan’s whispers that Jesus’ shed blood wasn’t enough to offer you new life. Like Peter, when we find ourselves broke lets respond to the restoration that Jesus died to freely offer us.

Independent Read: Psalm 103:12, John 3:16, 1 Peter 1:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 15:13

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