The Meek And Lowly Jesus

“They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem.
There they found the Eleven and those with them,
assembled together and saying, ‘It is true!
The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ 
Then the two told what had happened on the way,
and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”
Luke 24:33-35 (NIV)

“and that he appeared to Cephas,”
1 Corinthians 15:5 (NIV)

All of the resurrection appearances recorded in the New Testament give some detail on the event except the one regarding Peter. The appearance to Peter is stated but why no detail? One thing is sure. Peter had boasted to Jesus that he would follow the Master to the death. But, when the arresting mob appeared in Gethsemane to take Jesus prisoner, Peter fled along with the others. Later that same night Peter denied his beloved Master three times. Peter more than the others had reason to want to avoid the resurrected Saviour because of how embarrassed he was.

In order to help Peter “save face” Jesus appeared to him alone. Such a kind action by the Master speaks volumes about how He deals with all of us when we falter and, like Peter, do not live up to our promises to Him. We take refuge in the descriptions of our Good Shepherd and the knowledge that He is the same “yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So, the loving, gentle, thoughtful, Teacher who had a very private session with Peter will treat you exactly the same when it is needed.

How can any of us hesitate returning to this wonderful Master after we have stumbled? When we return from wandering off the straight and narrow way we are assured of a “Peter treatment” by our beloved Redeemer. He has loved us with an everlasting love and nothing we could do will ever change that amazing reality. He wants reconciliation more than we do.

Perhaps you don’t know of some special need presently. How wonderful to know you have such a Shepherd to rely on when the need does arise. So, if in crisis or having a close relationship free of sin come to Him anyway and rejoice in His redeeming love. So come and come now.

There is a name I love to hear
I love to speak its worth
It sounds like music in my ear
The sweetest name on earth

O, how I love the Saviour’s name
O, how I love the Saviour’s name
O, how I love the Saviour’s name
The sweetest name on earth

It tells me of a Saviour’s love
Who died to set me free
It tells me of His precious blood
The sinner’s perfect plea

It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe
Who in my sorrow bears a part
That none can bear below

It bids my trembling heart rejoice
It dries each rising tear
It tells me in a still, small voice
To trust and never fear

Jesus, the name I love so well
The name I love to hear!
No saint on earth its worth can tell
No heart conceive how dear!

-Frederick Whitfield

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