Never-ending story

Acts 5:27-32; John 20:19-31

"We are witnesses to these things,” said Peter (Acts 5:32). As the gospel for the second Sunday of Easter opens, “these things” do not include Jesus’ resurrection—not exactly, anyway. That morning Peter had seen an empty tomb with some scattered linens. He had witnessed absence, not resurrection. At that point, he had not even witnessed Jesus’ death, as four women had along with “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 19:25-26). He had missed his chance to witness there. But by the early days of the church as described in Acts, Peter is among the boldest and most powerful of witnesses to Jesus’ message, death and resurrection. Clearly something happened. Peter had lost his chance—but the story doesn’t end there, for Peter or for us.


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