KJV - But go your way, and tell his disciples, and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
NIV - But go, tell his disciples, and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.
In earthly terms, name calling has decidedly negative connotations. Whether true or untrue, derisive monikers are darts to the heart. They are even more painful when the truth of the what is said in undeniable and indefensible. In the heavenly sense, what the angel told the women who went to Jesus' empty tomb is a testimony to His love and forgiveness.
Imagine how awful Peter felt! He had seen the miracles. He heard the most precious words ever spoken at the Sermon on the Mount. He saw Christ transfigured. He clasped our Lord's hand in the stormy sea. The same feet that plunged into the depths were washed by Christ Himself only days earlier. He of all people should have known. All the more painful was his boastful vow to follow Jesus to His death and then to deny Him thrice.
Yet, the angel called Peter by name to assure him that his shameful act did not break fellowship with the Savior. We may need to be reminded of that when our own lapses draw us to melancholy and obscure the joy of our salvation. Jesus calls us by name too. In the depths of despair, He calls us that He goes before us and His promises remain faithful despite our transgressions.
As this account of His blessed resurrection affirms, we can wallow in shame when called a name, or we can raise and praise and go forth to do His will. Jesus knows our names, and He is calling us right now. He is faithful to forgive us for what we have done, and is more concerned with what He wants us to do. Do not be a chicken, and crowing will remind us that He is calling our names.
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