Reinstating Peter?

Q. In Mark 16:7 it says, “But go, tell His disciples–and Peter–that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

When the Angel of the Lord told the ladies this in Mark 16:7, I wonder sometimes why the Angel said it this way? It would almost seem as though at that point Peter wasn’t a disciple. Even though I know that is not the case. I wonder why Peter’s name was separate. Was it because Jesus said upon this rock I will build my church? Thanks for the insight, I love your website and the wisdom of your teaching.

A. I think this was for Peter’s benefit. Having repeatedly denied even knowing the Lord, Peter may have felt that he would no longer be considered part of the group. Being invited by name would have reassured Peter that the Lord had not excluded him. As you know, when the Lord met the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He confirmed Peter’s status (John 21:15-19). The event is sometimes called the reinstatement of Peter, but I don’t think the Lord had ever suspended him. I think that although He was speaking to Peter, He was showing all the disciples that He is faithful even when we’re not. (2 Tim. 2:13)

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