What’s Love Got To Do With It? Pt.5.1

In John 21: 1-14  we read about the third and final time Jesus appeared and spent time with the disciples after His resurrection before He ascended to the Father in heaven.

It was approaching evening when Peter told several of the other disciples ” I’m going fishing”.  Thomas, Andrew (Nathanael Peter’s brother), James and John (the sons of Zebedee) got on board with him.  They fished all night and caught nothing!  How discouraging could that be?  They were probably exhausted, hungry and disappointed…
As morning approached, they saw someone standing on the shore (they didn’t know or realize that it was the Lord Jesus Christ).   Jesus asked them in such an endearing way “Children, have you caught anything?”, they responded, “No”.  Then Jesus said, “Cast your net on the other side of the boat and you will get some fish”  So they did.  But, little did they know that the net would fill so quickly with so many fish, they’d be unable to pull the net into the boat. 
Then Scripture says “The disciple whom Jesus loved– (John) said  “It’s the Lord!” (v.7)  
Immediately Peter grabbed his fisher’s coat, wrapped it about him and jumped overboard.  He was naked.  The Word doesn’t tell us why.  It’s possible he worked so hard his clothing was drenched in sweat or he maybe he quickly remembered some of the ‘unloving’ ( embarrassing) situations he created between himself and Jesus.   The other disciples who were close by in a smaller boat grabbed the net and dragged it to shore.  Arriving at the shore line, they saw Jesus standing next to a fire with some fish cooking and bread.  
The Lord Jesus told them to bring the fish they caught to Him.  By this time Peter was at the shore so he dragged the over-flowing net in.  Amazed they counted one hundred fifty-three fish and net wasn’t even torn.
Softly our Gracious Savior spoke,  “Come and dine.”
 
I can only imagine what the sense was around the fire that early morning.
In my mind’s eye I see an excitement and unexpected joy just being with the Lord Jesus again.  Plus they were weary, hungry and discouraged from fishing all night, so Jesus supplied their need by providing them with a meal.    He knew they’d toiled all night and caught nothing, so He  blessed them with a miraculous catch of 153 fish– more than they needed!  
 This teaches me three very important truths about our Lord’s gentle, giving love for us:
1.  Our Lord always knows where we are and what we are doing.  Sometimes, spiritually, we get lost… but He never leaves– He is always there.
2.  No matter how much we “toil”… there are times we will always come up empty.  Discouraged and weary, our Lord Jesus is ready to help if we just recognize that He’s with us.  He will provide for our needs and bring us comfort.
3.  When we’re lost, weary and discouraged… He is ready to give us “exceedingly, abundantly” above anything that we ask or even think. ( Ephesians 3:20)

I know these truths!  There are times when I need to be reminded, and I guess today is one of those times.  He sent me to this passage of Scripture…  I pray this may help you.  Our God is a wonderful, merciful, loving and gracious God.  This song describes, at least for me, what this Scripture lesson taught me.  ♥Streim

 
 
 
 

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Streim

There is great peace and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am blessed to serve our Heavenly Father through Him. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I asked God to forgive me of all my sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and I repented (turned away from it); was one of utter selfishness in all aspects of my life. I partied, I lived for ME and only me! Now, I live for Him, with great joy daily. I want to share the Gospel, encourage other sisters/brothers in Christ through prayer and do as He leads by the faith He's given through His abundant grace! Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

2 thoughts on “What’s Love Got To Do With It? Pt.5.1”

  1. He knows every little detail about us. He even knows what we are thinking and what motivates us. He knows our every hurt and our every joy, but more than that, He knows exactly what we NEED at any given moment. He supplies our needs – an abundant supply – but He wants us to benefit from them, so sometimes He withholds them until we turn to Him and can learn from our situation. His goal is ALWAYS to bring us towards His goal of spiritual maturity which is (Eph 4:13) nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection.

    We should praise God for the “set-backs” or troubles life hands to us, for they are but opportunities for spiritual growth and stepping-stones towards Christlikeness.

    Thanks Stephanie for this great reminder.

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    1. As you always say Angela…don’t thank me, thank the one who showed me this truth. Our amazing, loving, merciful yet greatly to be feared Father in heaven.!
      I truly enjoy your comments! Your spiritual wisdom is a beautiful blessing from the Lord and thank you for sharing it.
      Stephanie

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