Tell Peter Too!

“‘So go quickly and tell his disciples that he has been raised from the dead and behold, he is going before you into Galilee — you will see him there; behold, I have told you!”

(Matthew 28:7)

“But go on and tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him just as he said to you.”

(Mark 16:7)

“Go and Tell…” Indeed, this is the commission given not only to these women, but to all believers in Jesus Christ as well. We have a calling to make disciples of the nations and that disciple-making process begins (though it does not end) with the simple instructions to “go and tell” those things that we know to be true. 

One of the wonderful things about Mark’s account of this message is that he records that the Angel included Peter separately — “tell his disciples and Peter.” This is not to suggest that Peter was no longer a disciple of Jesus, but rather implies that Peter likely no longer thought of himself as a disciple (or perhaps the other disciples may have excluded Peter given John’s report of Peter’s denial). Either way, the angel is making sure that everyone, including Peter, understands that Peter is to be included in the good news of the Resurrection. 

How often, based on sins that we may fall into, we disqualify ourselves (at least in our hearts) from being a disciple of Jesus. How grateful we ought to be that the things which disqualify us in our own minds very often do not disqualify us in the eyes of Christ. Our God redeems his people and restores us as we come before him confessing our sins and repenting of our sinful ways. Praise the Lord for the grace he offers to sinners such as us.

The final remark is an instruction that the Apostles meet with Jesus in Galilee. This is a fulfillment of Jesus’ words in Matthew 26:32:

“But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”

We should note that the disciples have their initial meeting with Jesus in Jerusalem and on the road to Emmaus. We also know that Pentecost, happening about 40 days later, will again take place in Jerusalem. So, the implication here is that the disciples would travel back to Galilee as soon as they are able and would regroup there for a short time before returning to Jerusalem for instruction and preparation for building the church. Galilee makes sense given that most of the disciples are from that region and it would be a safer place for them to be. And indeed, that is where we will find Jesus formally reinstating Peter at the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1). 

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