In closing this 12-week training course (Hearing God’s Voice), we look at the lives of three people found in this passage, John 20:1–23: Peter, John and Mary Magdalene. Each had strengths as well as shortcomings. But Jesus related uniquely to each of them, just as He does with each of us.
In spite of our failures, Jesus is quick to forgive us. He tells us that when we have repented, we are to go on with what He has called us to do.
1 – We need to realize that Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, had failure in his life (just as we do). A lesson we learn from his life is: It is better to be a follower and fail, than one who fails to follow.
2 – A lesson we can learn from John’s life is: As we are more and more open to receiving Jesus’ love for us, we will be increasingly able to love others. God has no favorites in His kingdom. However, there are some who know how to receive His love more. Because John was able to receive Jesus’ love for him, he was able to love others abundantly.
3 – A lesson we can learn from Mary’s life is: If we persevere in seeking God, He is pleased and will enable us to know Him better.
In closely examining these three lives we learn how important it is to trust what the Holy Spirit is saying to us and to walk in the fear of the Lord—not in the fear of man.
The Lord does not send us out unequipped. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to carry out our commission from God to preach the Good News and make disciples of Christ.