April 13, 2012

From Faith to Faith: Peter

John 20:1-10

Peter … went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
—Luke 24:12


Good Friday and Easter are over. And life goes on. Maybe you wonder, “Did Good Friday and Easter really happen? Does our faith make any difference? Is my life different because of Jesus’ resurrection?”

When Peter and John heard that the tomb was empty, they sprang into action. John outran Peter to the tomb, but Peter was the first to go inside. The Bible describes in detail what Peter saw in the tomb. Perhaps he wondered whether Joseph, the owner of the tomb, had decided not to put Jesus’ body there. Or maybe the Jewish leaders had taken the body somewhere else.

Luke 24 tells us that Peter “went away, wondering to himself what had happened.” He could not immediately grasp that Jesus was alive. He needed time to sort things out. Perhaps you need time to wonder about Jesus too.

Later that day, Peter and the other disciples saw Jesus alive again. Can you imagine the thoughts that raced through their minds?

On another occasion, Peter and some others were fishing, and they again met the risen Lord. Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, and Peter said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you” (John 21:17).

Jesus wants us all to take him seriously. Because he loved you enough to die for you, I pray that you too will say, “Lord, you know that I love you.”

Lord, sometimes we wonder about your claims and promises. Thank you for your patience. Fill us with faith in you. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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