Peter wasn’t just one of the crowd that flocked around Jesus, he was one of the Twelve that had been with Him from the start. Peter had even boasted that whatever happened to Jesus, he’d be right by His side to the end. But little did Peter realize how his own spiritual weakness & fear would cause him to deny the Lord. And as that third denial tumbled out of Peter’s mouth, the rooster began to crow, and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken…and it says that, “He went outside and wept bitterly…” (Matthew 26:75) But as a great testimony to both human weakness and the greatness of God’s mercy, Peter wasn’t left in that pitiful state. For early on Easter morning we see the women at the empty tomb and an angel tells them to, “Go and tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.” (Mark 16:7) Those two words, “and Peter” not only showed the graciousness of God but the forgiveness & restoration afforded to all of us when we fail. We see this in John 21:15 when Jesus restores & commissions Peter to play an enormous role in the early Church… despite all his shameful past failures.