Friday, April 21, 2017 Everything is changed because Christ is Risen!

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12-13, Luke 16

Today’s Reading of the Story is on page 386 beginning with the words, ” Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.” and ends on page 388 with the words, “…God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”  If you are reading in your bible, read John 21:1-19

I’ve never posted a sign like this outside my door, but there are times I’d like to. Jesus could have posted it somewhere shortly after His resurrection from the dead. It was sometime after Easter (more than a week later) and sometime before His ascension back to heaven.

On Easter morning the angel told the women:

Mark 16:6-7 (NIV) Go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’

Apparently, the disciples were to go to Galilee where they were supposed to see Jesus. But instead of leaving the city for Galilee they stayed huddled together in Jerusalem in fear. A full week after the resurrection, they’re still huddled together in the upper room (this time Thomas is with them) when Jesus appears a second time showing Himself to be alive from the dead. It is after that that they make their way to Galilee and John picks up the third resurrection appearance by the Risen Christ:

John 21:1-3 (NIV) 1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Sounds like many of my fishing adventures! But their luck was about to change.

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Every fisherman’s dream – a boat load of fish! That’s when it dawned on them (punned intended) that this has happened before when Jesus called them to be fishers for men. (see Luke 5:1ff)

John 21:7 (NIV) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved (John, the author of the 4th gospel and the youngest disciple) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

There’s something you don’t often see: a fisherman (Peter) leaving the largest catch of his life behind for something of greater value on the shore.

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. John 21:9 (NIV)

After they all arrive on the shore,

13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. John 21:13-14 (NIV)

Here is the note Luke provides to us:

Acts 1:3 (NIV) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Five days ago we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Now what? Is it “back to business as usual?” Have you returned back to the same old, same old? If you were Peter, and in a sense you are, you believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Doesn’t Easter Sunday change everything for you? It should because it has!

Help us, Holy Spirit, not to return to the same old, same old, but enable us to live in the newness of our Resurrection life until that day when we awaken to a new day into the eternal day, in everlasting in life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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