Flawed and Faithful: From Cowardice to Courage

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"Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb... running together, but the other disciple set outran Peter and reached the tomb first." John 20:3

He is risen...He is risen indeed!!!

Have you ever been so excited to see someone that you ran toward them as soon as you caught a glimpse of them? Maybe even risking being in the middle of traffic to get to them? Simon Peter and the other disciple weren't sure what was happening. Resurrection probably wasn't the first thing on their minds. Yet, something was happening. and they had to know what. They had no regard for their safety as they had been in hiding following the crucifixion, and their own arrest was a real potential. Simon Peter was especially risking his own health having recently pulled a sword on the royal guard, but that was the last thing on his mind. Something was happening with Jesus, and he had to know what.

We've been following the story of Simon Peter for the season of Lent, and we've learned that he was simultaneously flawed and faithful. His story is relatable, ordinary, and inspiring. He often is narrated as jumping into action before having all the facts. Who can't relate to acting before we know everything we need to know? It's quite telling that Jesus never scolds Simon Peter for his enthusiasm. Instead, Jesus redirects his enthusiasm and eventually trusts all of the church to this reactive disciple. We won't always get it right, but Peter can teach us how sometimes action comes before belief and complete understanding. Peter may not have always been the first to "get it" (he wasn't even the first to the tomb), but he is the first to enter to tomb and risk it all for the sake of curiosity and love. This Easter, join us as we hear how Jesus' resurrection can show us that faith can give us the courage to move forward in life.

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