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But go, tell His disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.”
(Mark 16:7)
 
The message was barely a sentence long, yet it spoke volumes to Peter.
As today’s post continues the topic of hearing from God, we cannot emphasize enough one of the points made in yesterday’s segment. God has the power to speak to His people in any way He chooses. And while His Own Heart Blog will look at some of His more obvious methods of communication throughout this series – as well as the dire importance of our listening abilities to the process – we’re going to focus today on one particular method that involves His servants as intermediaries or conduits of communication.  
The Bible records many instances in which God used individuals to deliver His message to their fellow man. Among the examples:
  • ·      Samuel delivered God’s ominous message to Saul, the egotistical first king of Israel, in 1 Samuel 13:13–14 and again in 15:23;
  • ·      When David expressed remorse after being confronted about his adultery with Bathsheba his arrangement of the death of her husband, God handed him the good news of forgiveness and the bad news of consequences associated with David’s sin through the mouth of Nathan (2 Samuel 12:7–15); and
  • ·      God sent Ananias to tap Paul as His chosen instrument three days after the conversion of the Pharisee-turned-apostle (Acts 9:10–18).

 

But it is today’s passage of focus that depicts one of the sweetest – and for me, climactic – records of God contacting one believer through some other(s). Here He uses Mary’s (Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James) to deliver a message of hope to one specifically hopeless man (Mark 16:7).
It is the backstory – one that unfolded as Christ was being unjustly tried before His crucifixion, in fact  – that make two of the words tucked into this verse pull at my heartstrings: and Peter.  The thing is that had failed, and I do mean he had failed miserably. He blatantly denied Jesus Christ – the man he had come to consider a best friend after three years of travel and ministry – not one time, but three. Adding insult to injury was the painful fact that just hours prior to this failure Peter had vowed solemnly to that Friend that never would he do such a horrible thing. Once that “horrible thing” became a reality and the Friend turned to meet Peter’s eyes with His own, the devastated, heartsick disciple fled to a secluded place where he did not just cry a few tears, but wept bitterly with gut-wrenching sorrow for what he had done.
Without a doubt, Peter was utterly ashamed of himself for what he perceived as having let Christ down. It is probably not that much of a stretch to suggest the perhaps the apostle, and unfit for future service. Christ, however, had other ideas and one specific message for Peter after His resurrection. Sending the women – two whom Peter would have known well and respected their affiliation with the ministry – from the tomb to share a message with the disciples and specifically for him, God applied a balm as only He could to Peter’s wounds and turned this apostle’s world around in more ways than one. Not only had the promise of Christ’s rising on the third day come to pass, God had communicated to Peter that Peter still belonged to Him and with Him.
In preparation for tomorrow’s final installment of this segment, reflect on the following questions before documenting your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your responses:
What, if any, impact do you think Peter’s three-year experience with Christ may
            have had on Peter’s ability to receive and take to heart the message God sent him?
Think of some possible life-altering outcomes that might have occurred had the two
            Mary’s not stated the message to the disciples exactly as it was given to them (e.g.
            what if they had re-worded what they heard?).
Please see Day 1 of the series for suggested content regarding the PRAYER conversation associated with this series.
           
Praise and Thanksgiving:
Repentance:
Adoration:
Yielding:
Expectation:
Restoration:

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