In the Garden of the Olive Press, Peter was too tired to pray with the One who had prayed for him (Luke 22:31-32). In the cold darkness that followed, he denied ever knowing the teacher from Nazareth.
If Jesus hadn’t done for Peter what Peter couldn’t do for Jesus, who can imagine what the rest of his life, or ours, would have looked like?
If Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead, how would someone who made such a fool of himself have ever known that our worst mistakes are not greater than the mercy of the One who has done for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves?
Only on the other side of the best morning the world has ever known, could Peter or anyone else have ever known why it is better to have lived than to have never lived at all.