Jesus’ victory over the grave is, of course, the central event of the Easter story. But there are many other inspiring aspects of this narrative as well. For me, the resurrection morning spotlights the ability we each have to rededicate ourselves to serving God. And for us, this may mean rising above character flaws and accepting forgiveness. Simon Peter is the preeminent example of this.
Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples, a humble fisherman. He had the great privilege of being invited by Jesus to follow and learn from him. But working alongside Jesus didn’t make Peter a flawless student. In the Christian Science textbook, Mary Baker Eddy described him as “impetuous” (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 137). She is also reported to have said of him, “Peter was mesmerized easily, but was a glorious follower” (Joshua F. Bailey notes, March 5, 1889; A12065, The Mary Baker Eddy Library). And he was. Through profound missteps as well as tremendous triumphs, Peter learned that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Realize your potential to rise above whatever the obstacle to your mission is.