The Grace That Follows Failure

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 16:1-8

The Gospels save the best for last! The stone was rolled away; the tomb was empty. An angel dressed in white says to the women: “He has risen, he is not here . . . go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.”

Why is Peter singled out? Perhaps because he, more than any of the others, failed his master, denying him three times in the courtyard of the high priest. Peter is the biggest failure, so he gets the biggest dose of grace and forgiveness.

What a reassuring thought! He who fails big is forgiven big. We’ve all failed. Every person’s life is a diary in which he or she means to write one story, but is forced to write another, because we fail along the way. People fail in business and in school. We fail as parents, as children. We fail in marriage. We fail ourselves by not living up to our potential, not being all we can be. We fail the Lord, denying him in the courtyard of the high priest, acting like we don’t know him.

Fellow failures, we need to remember that the first words spoken from the other side of eternity were “Go . . . tell Peter.” It was as though heaven’s first concern was to shower grace upon earth’s greatest failure.


For me you rose again from the dead to redeem me from failure. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.