S: 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. Mark 16:7 (ESV)
O: “…and Peter…” Called out by name.
How personally and intimately You know us. I can only imagine how specific You were with Your angel(s), “Be sure to tell Peter, I know what he’s thinking and feeling, and he must know that I still want to see him. I still love him. I still trust him. Tell Peter.”
And I can only guess the shame and inner turmoil Peter was experiencing. You told him this would happen – all of it – and yet, surely he must have felt he let You down. That he disappointed you. He had failed.
But You told him this would happen. And even when it did, it didn’t change Your love for him.
Your love is constant.
So You called him out by name, “…and Peter…”
A: Words cannot describe how deeply I feel this revelation today. That You would know exactly what Peter needed to hear – that You know exactly what I need to hear.
You call me by name.
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
John 10:3 (NIV) (emphasis mine)
I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.
Song of Songs 6:10 (NIV)
This is the beautiful relationship and gift of life I have with You.
You know my name. And I know Your voice.
P: Oh my sweet Jesus, how I love You so. I am undone this morning to think of all You did so that we could be in relationship with You. How great is Your love! “Thank You” seems like such a small thing compared to the gratitude in my heart, and yet I am – so thankful! You loved me first, and You called me by name. Thank You, my Jesus!
I love You, too.
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