An Easter “Do Over”
But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”—Mark 16:6-7
When I was a young teenager my dad used to take me and my brother golfing every Monday. I think there were two reasons; first because he enjoyed spending the time with us, and secondly, I think it was therapeutic for Him. One thing I enjoyed about it (besides the coke and candy bar we got at the clubhouse after the 9th hole), was the fact that when I hit a shot that went into the fields next to the course, dad let us take a “do over”. Better known as a mulligan. We didn’t even get it in the fairway, so we got another chance to get it right.
I love the Easter season, because we focus on the death, burial and RESURRECTION of Jesus! Sure, we see bunny’s, eggs, fancy dresses, suits and lots of chocolate, but those are side benefits.
I love the passage above, because they were seeking Jesus. The angles said, go and tell. Not only were they seeking Him, but in the book of John, when they found Him, they didn’t even recognize Him. Mary thought he was the grounds keeper! The Angel says, “he is risen and check it out for yourselves, and then go and tell the disciples”…and even mentions Peter by name.
Peter who tried to defend Jesus, and chopped off a soldier’s ear. Peter, who walked on water, because his eyes were on Jesus. Peter, who said he would never deny Him. Peter who not only denied Him, but did it three times. He said, “Go and tell the disciples and Peter”, or more emphatically, ESPECIALLY tell Peter!
To me, this is what Easter is all about. A “Do Over” a Mulligan! Jesus gives Peter another chance, even though he denied him, not once, not twice, but three times. Jesus could have said, “I told you so!” But he didn’t, he gave Peter another chance.
This is what the Gospel is all about, giving us all a second chance. See God created us to have a relationship with Him, but because of sin, we were separated from. But God sent his son Jesus, to give us a second chance, a “do over.” No matter how bad you’ve messed up, God still wants you back. You can never be so bad, that he won’t forgive you. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 That’s a “do over” that can change you life!
Eric Goodman is the pastor of Centerpoint Church in Andover. For more information or for Easter Sunday service times, visit them on the web at www.centerpointks.com