It’s Tuesday afternoon and the third Nor’Easter in 10 days is hitting our area. In fact, it is the first blizzard for our area this winter. I know it presents all the pains and challenges of power outages, shoveling, being stuck in the house, and frustration over lost days of work. But can I just say, I loved seeing this tweet from a friend in my feed, as it is what goes through my head each time I see the snow fall …
Sin. We don’t tend to talk about it much, especially our own sin. But today the snow, the tweet, and Watchman Nee have me deep in thought on this very topic.
“I, Peter, have denied the Lord.”
How active Peter’s memory must have been recalling the grim events of the past day or two! And in the lurid light of the recent past, how many details of the less recent past must have shown up in dark relief. Could he ever forget? No, never. Peter could never forget; but the risen Lord could dispel all his fears and forebodings with a word.”
(from Twelve Baskets Full 1 by Watchman Nee, page 28)
Can we even imagine all Peter felt in that quick moment by which he denied the Lord? Peter, the one who had experienced the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter, who had been in the Garden of Gethsemane and heard the Lord pray. Peter, who declared that he would never deny the Lord. Peter, who stated he would lay down his life for Jesus had now denied him. Not once but three times. And to a servant girl.
“But the angel said, Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as you did before he died.” (Mark 16:6-7, NLT)
In these two verses, I find the grace and mercy of our Lord not only towards Peter, but to each one of us –
- Even after failing, we are still the recipients of God’s tender love.
- In the eyes of the Lord, there is no shadow of the past.
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12, NLT)
Two simple words to convey how important it was for Peter to be included. To hear his very name.
Two simple words to convey that God’s love spans any distance, any sin. He will go to any length to draw us back into His circle.
As white as snow.
As far as the east is from the west.
Including me and you.