It’s Not the Last Act

John 20:2
“Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.”

The verse above is the result of Mary Magdalene going early to the sepulchre to pay her respects to Jesus and what He had done in her life. As she arrived at the sepulchre, she was amazed that the stone of the tomb was rolled away. When she entered into the sepulchre, she saw a young man sitting on the right side in a long white garment, but she didn’t see the body of Jesus. This angel said to Mary in Mark 16:6-7, “And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter…”

Why is it that the angel was so insistent that Peter be directly mentioned in this notification? I believe there are two reasons. First, I believe it is because Peter was so disappointed in himself that God wanted him to know that He was still interested in using him. Sin has a way of causing those who have sinned to feel that they can no longer be used by the LORD. God wanted Peter to know that this didn’t have to be the last act of his spiritual life. God could still use him in spite of his sinful action.

Second, I believe God wanted Peter’s name mentioned because He wanted the other disciples to forgive him for denying Christ. We all know how Christians can become when another brother or sister in Christ has done something wrong. God wanted the rest of the disciples to be forgiving because He had great things in store for Peter if they forgave him. The other disciples needed to hear that Peter was still usable by God, but they needed to forgive him so that he didn’t feel like the outcast.

Let me address two different groups of people. The first group I want to address are those who have fallen to sin’s temptation and feel that they have nothing to offer. Let me remind you if you are that person that God still can use you in spite what you may have done. God can remake you if you won’t let your sin keep you down. You have to determine not to allow sin to continue to win, and the way to keep sin from winning is to get back up and start serving the LORD. Yes, you may have done something that is bad, but you are not the first person to do wrong. Get back up and don’t let sin continue to “reign in your mortal body.” (Romans 6:12)

The second group I want to address is the one who has seen another brother or sister fall into sin. Let me encourage you not to hold this against them. You must always understand that God has a plan for their life, even if you can’t see that plan. I would hate to be the Christian who says that another Christian can no longer be used of God and limit the power of God in their life. Instead of being the judge and jury of the sinner, why don’t you become the encourager who helps them get back on their spiritual feet? One day it might be you or one of your children who have fallen, and when it is, you will want someone to be forgiving.

My friend, don’t let sin be the last act of your life or another’s. There can always be another act of serving the LORD if you determine to get up or to allow someone to get up. Don’t allow sin to be the stopping point.

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