He cares for you.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Jesus was in his boat, telling him to fish, and the timing was wrong. He was going to look bad.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. He had just gone fishing at the wrong time and his nets were overflowing and breaking.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. He saw Jesus glowing, and Moses and Elijah.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. He saw Jesus moving toward him, like walking across the water.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Jesus just told him that he, Peter, was going to be sifted by Satan and that he, Peter, was going to deny knowing Jesus.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Soldiers came to arrest Jesus. And then he attacked someone with a sword. And then Jesus fixed the damage he did.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. He was so terrified that he denied knowing Jesus.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Jesus was dead.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Jesus was missing.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Jesus appeared.

Peter had every reason to be anxious. Jesus asked him whether he, Peter, loved Jesus. Three times.

So Peter may have written out of experience when he wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

All those moments, familiar to many of us, didn’t make Jesus reject Peter. Because, as Peter discovered, “he cares for you.”

And for you.

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