Peter: A Warning, A Confidence

Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.  And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. – Mark 14:29-31 (ESV)

This morning I read Mark 14-16 which gives the account of Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection.  Two things I want to point out from Peter’s life that serve as a warning and a great confidence. Continue reading

Reflections on the Resurrection

During Holy Week and on Easter Morning I read through each of the Resurrection accounts contained in the four gospels to reflect upon what we celebrated just a few days ago.  It is just as amazing today as it was that quiet Sunday morning.  It astounds me that in every account, those who witness the Risen Lord have a hard time believing it is true.  It is hard to put ourselves in their shoes because they had walked with Him, witnessed his miracles, and ultimately seen Him die.  Now they are confronted with the unfathomable…He’s ALIVE!!!  In all accounts there are doubts from the disciples.  But, in all accounts, Jesus appears to dispel those doubts.  I don’t think their doubting was an indication of weakness, I just believe this news was “too good to be true” for most.  What can we learn from the doubters? Continue reading