When I read John’s account of Resurrection Morning, I’m struck by two key details: 1) That John makes a point to record in Scripture that he outran Peter to the tomb. Men, right? He couldn’t resist taking one last shot to rub it in! :) 2) That Peter charged past John at the door and went straight into the tomb. To me, that act speaks volumes about this moment. In Marks’ account, (which was likely voiced by Simon Peter), we see that Mary Magdelene encountered an angel at the tomb, and he had a special message: 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.’” 8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb.
Did you catch the phrase? “And Peter.” “Go and tell His Disciples ... and Peter ...” Those two words might seem like an afterthought for us, but for Peter, they must have represented hope. When he denied His Lord for the third time, Jesus turned and looked at Him, a deep, penetrating look that convicted Peter to His core. Now, with those two words the Lord offers an invitation for His fallen friend.
No wonder Peter charged past John and ran into the tomb. He had no more need for caution. He needed to find Jesus. He needed to experience the resurrection for Himself. He needed to know for sure that the story wasn’t over; he still had time to live for Christ.
There is something so profound in Peter’s example. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and Jesus invites us all to come and meet Him. So run. Don’t stand back, cautious, and examine from a distance. Run to Him as one who has a chance for new life. You’ll find that His grace is big enough for even you.