April 10, 2018: The Glorious Invitation of Jesus

John 21:8-12 (NIV)
8  The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.
9  When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
11  Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
12  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. “


It was around a fire of coals that Peter had denied his Lord and it would be around a fire of coals that Jesus would call Peter back.

Consider the grace of Christ to Peter.  What did Peter experience in this day sometime after Jesus rose from the dead?  He was tired of waiting around with nothing to do so he went fishing.  He did what he knew how to do, fish.

What transpired in that evening of fishing?  They caught nothing. Not one fish had been found in their nets.  This is extremely unusual.  Anyone fishing could at least catch one or two fish with the nets they used but this was not their case that evening.

Jesus directed them to throw their nets on the other side of the boat and they did and, much to their amazement, their nets were overloaded.

John whispered to Peter, “It is the Lord!”  Peter jumped out of the boat and ran across the water to Jesus.

When Peeter arrived on shore he found a fire already started and fish already on the fire.   There was even more, the disciples all forgot the word of Jesus telling them to go back to Jerusalem and wait there until they were filled the Holy Spirit.

They did not know how to sit still so they decided to go fishing. Here they are i direct disobedience to what he had told them to do yet we do not see Jesus even once berating them for fishing.  He even cooks their breakfast for them and invites them to share a meal.

No word of chastisement, no looks of judgment, just the invitation to enjoy breakfast.

It is the case with us as well, Jesus does not care how far you have fallen, he still invites you to the eat at his table.

Have you wandered far from him recently?  Find your way clouded with doubts and regrets?  Certainly, Peter and the other disciples had those but be encouraged your Lord cares not where you are when he calls you he only cares that you come to the table he has set for you.

Hear his invitation today, “Come and have breakfast.”

Running to join him at his table,

 

Pastor Phil

 

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