What instructions did the angel give to Mary in today’s reading? Why do you think he added the phrase, “and Peter?” It would seem that when God sent the message, he especially wanted to comfort and encourage Peter after his specific failure to take a stand for Christ. How thrilling it must have been, after what Peter had done, how he had failed the Lord, to know that the angel wanted Mary to specifically tell Peter. Could it be that God wanted Peter to know that his failure had been forgiven and that He still loved him? Could God have added that small but significant phrase in this chapter to communicate to us as well that, no matter how badly we fail the Lord, He still loves us and wants us to know that He wants to use us? God had not given up on Peter. Christ knew that Peter was hurting because of his denial. He wanted him to know that he was not forgotten, but was still useful to God. What past failure have you allowed to hinder you from being used by God? Underline the phrase to remind you that no matter what you have done, God still loves you and still desires to use you when you seek His forgiveness.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?