The Fourth Resurrection Appearance

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread,
gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, 
and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other,
‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us
on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’ 
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 24:30-35 (NIV)

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,
and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time,
most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NIV)

The Apostle Peter had a special relationship with his beloved Master. The fisherman willingly gave up his business on the Sea of Galilee to work full-time for the itinerant Teacher. The length of time for them to be together was likely 3 ½ years. Peter was a natural leader who had a wide range of responses to sudden changes in reality. For example, when the great Galilean campaign collapsed, with thousands left never to attend the ministry again, Jesus asked the apostles if they wanted to leave Him as well. It was then Peter made one of his most memorable statements.

“Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. 
We have come to believe and to know
that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6:68-69 (NIV)

Although Peter made some serious blunders, (e.g. Matthew 16:21-23; John 13:31-38), he was not dismissed for his mistakes, rather he seems to be especially close to the Teacher.

We know Peter’s greatest mistake was denying his Lord three times after pledging to follow Him to death if necessary. So, for Peter to see his Master for the first time after the resurrection, the experience would be exceptionally humbling. Hence, the gentle Saviour chose a private session with His beloved follower to make an effective reconciliation.

Do you sense that you need a private session today with this wonderful Saviour? It does not matter how far away you may have wandered. I often say that God’s grace will always exceed our need. Our Lord’s mission statement is,

“I have not come to call the righteous
but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32).

Today you should come rejoicing you have been forgiven or else you should come like Peter and have your relationship renewed. So come and come now.

Jesus! What a friend for sinners
Jesus, lover of my soul
Friends may fail me, foes assail me
He, my savior, makes me whole

Hallelujah! What a savior!
Hallelujah! What a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving
He is with me to the end

Jesus! What a strength in weakness
Let my hide myself in Him
Tempted, tried, and often failing
He my strength, my victory wins

Jesus! What a help in sorrow
While the billow over me roll
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul

Jesus! I do now receive him
More than all in Him I find
He has granted me forgiveness,
I am His and He is mine

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