The Grace That Follows Failure

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 16:1-8

But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee. (v. 7)

In a high school baseball game I came to bat in the last inning. Two outs, tying run on third base, winning run on second. I struck out. Game over. Have you ever failed when everything depended on you?

On resurrection morn the angel announces to the women that Christ is risen, and adds: “Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee.” Why is Peter mentioned by name, do you suppose? Perhaps Peter is singled out because he failed Christ most miserably, denying him three times in the courtyard of the high priest. Peter is the biggest failure, so he gets the biggest dose of forgiveness and grace—how’s that for a theory?

Every person’s life is a diary in which he wants to write one story, but is forced to write another. We mean well. But we so often fail. People fail in business. In school. In marriage. We fail ourselves, and we fail Christ.

Isn’t it reassuring, then, to think that the first words spoken from the other side of eternity were: “Go tell Peter.” It’s as though heaven’s first concern was to shower grace on earth’s biggest failure. Praise God!


Dear God, forgive me when I fail, and help me to forgive myself.