It is Easter week, and it just so happens that we are looking at Jonah 1:17 today, in which we read that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus uses this event to talk about how He will spend three days in the grave.
If Jesus did not rise from the dead, probably most of Christianity is a lie. We could probably hold on to the idea of God, and some of the historical events in the Bible, but beyond that, most of it would probably not be true.
Jesus did not mind it when His disciples doubted Him. He loved them anyway and called them to serve others. He knew that if they followed Him, they could learn about Him while they were in the midst of loving and serving others. If you doubt, do not fear. Jesus loves you and wants to walk with you in loving others.
The two little words ‘and Peter’ tell us something important about Jesus, sin, and forgiveness. All of us feel at times that we have done something so horrible, there is no way God could love us forgive us. Peter betrayed Jesus also, and Jesus forgive Him. So Jesus also forgives you and me.
The resurrection of Jesus is not only the answer, it is also the catalyst, or the springboard, by which God intends to make you and I the answer. Resurrection shows that the death of Jesus was not a shameful defeat, but was a glorious victory over all the forces of evil, over sin, death, and the devil.