標 題： 給第二次機會的神
經 節： 你們可以去告訴祂的門徒和彼得，說：「祂在你們以先往加利利去。在那裡你們要見祂，正如祂從前所告訴你們的。」（馬可福音十六章7節）
The God of Second Chances
"But go, tell His disciples--and Peter--that He is going before you
into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." (Mark 16:7)
Does God give second chances to those who have failed Him? He certainly
did so for Peter. Peter had proudly announced that he was Jesus’ most reliable
disciple (Matt. 26:33). Yet Peter not only fled with the other disciples in the
moment of crisis, but also blatantly denied he even knew Jesus (Matt.
26:69–75). Peter failed so miserably that he went out into the night and wept
bitterly (Luke 22:62).
How compassionate the risen Christ was to Peter! The angel gave the
women at the tomb special instructions to let Peter know that He was risen.
Jesus took Peter aside to allow him the opportunity to reaffirm his love and
commitment (John 21:15–17). The risen Lord also chose Peter as His primary
spokesman on the day of Pentecost, when three thousand people were added to the
God’s desire is to take you from where you are and bring you to where He
wants you to be. When He found His defeated followers hiding together in an
upper room, Jesus’ first word was “peace” (John 20:19). Jesus’ first words to
you after you fail may also be “peace.” Jesus will find you in despair and
bring you peace. Then, He will reorient you to Himself so that you can believe
Him and follow Him. Don’t give up if you have failed your Lord. Remember what happened
to Peter. God has not yet finished developing you as a disciple.