For the past few weeks, most of us spent a lot of time focusing on the events of Jesus’ life leading up to the resurrection. I thought I would spend this week looking at some of the most important events that took place in Jesus’ life on earth after the resurrection.
Probably none of the encounters of Christ after His resurrection was more important than His encounter with Peter. After all, it was Peter who had boldly proclaimed that even if all the other disciples turned away from Christ, he would not.
Jesus stated that Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed, and that is exactly what happened. However, Jesus later met with Peter and put him back into service.
As a result, Peter became a great leader in the church and eventually wrote the book of 1 Peter. In that great book, Peter wrote these words about those who follow Christ even to this day:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)
Peter definitely knew a thing or two about receiving mercy, and perhaps you could use that message as well. If so, join me this week at Cottonwood Creek as I begin to preach a series of lessons from the book of 1 Peter.
Think about it, and I hope to see you in church on Sunday.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D