153 Fishes

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of fish, a hundred fifty-three; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. John 21:9-11

Jesus had commanded his disciples to meet Him in Galilee after His Resurrection. Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and two other disciples had fished all night in Galilee and caught nothing. Jesus glorified, in body and Resurrected Power, stands on shore and they listen to His instructions, at first not realizing it is Him. He asks, “Did you catch anything?” They answer and He tells them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. He directs, guides, strengthens our nets, and gives plentifully. This is our Resurrected Savior acting in their lives and how He acts in your life. “Have you caught?”

Beloved author John has spiritual perception; Jesus guiding believers. In all your activities recognize the Lord Jesus Christ is instructing, as you cast the net of Christ’s loving compassion onto others to be caught. Catch. Go ashore; go up to where our Savior and Master is ready to make the meal from 153 fishes caught– 153 shows us the net holds.

Our Lord uses what is available for His salvation– fish, bread, charcoal fire, wind, sea shore, disciples, and catching. As they eat this holy meal with the Risen Lord we remember the feeding of the over 5000, the over 4000, and New Covenant meal of Holy Communion. Disciples are to feed Christ’s lambs, His sheep, with spiritual provisions readied by Him. The New Testament accounts of Jesus Christ are His provisions, like bread and fish to feed on as He nourishes our souls in Spirit. My friend, go ashore to our Resurrected Christ through your Scriptures then go out to feed sheep gloriously and miraculously! The net of His salvation holds!!

Third Day Revival Touch

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed His body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighting about a hundred pounds. John 19:38-39

Jesus is dead. Our living Jesus Savior; sweet tender-hearted compassionate merciful justice-breathing healer guider Creator suffering-Servant pure-Loving teacher guider, everything alive, is dead. Life is silent and bare. Strong arms of Joseph of Arimathea carry His body-shell He leaves behind temporarily.

What a day in History. Has there ever been a greater sadness that existed on this earth then when Jesus was crucified by evil? The angels were silent, creation groaned, the torn temple veil lay on the floor untouched, and one believer’s arms carries His lifeless body with such great caring that God’s breath paused knowing.

God knows all of our thoughts and He Cares. Our Caring Heavenly Father’s arms are stronger, steadier, surer, and mightier than ours combined. That Third Day revival Touch from our Heavenly Father readies itself– that’s when our Heavenly Father turns our wailing into dancing, takes away our sorrow and gives us joy, and when God will delight in His people as they Rejoice and sing for Christ’s Joy.

How Jesus Is Victorious

Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they dressed Him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And striking Him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no case against Him.

So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him; I find no case against Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because He has claimed to be the Son Of God.” Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. John 19:1-7

Pilate has Jesus flogged, beaten to a pulp so that He is unrecognizable, then Pilate brings Him out to them in bloodied disfigurement to show them His suffering and whines that he ‘finds no case against Him.’ When they first brought Him to Pilate, Pilate may have released innocent Jesus or released Him at any time! This miscarriage of justice, including all that were a part of putting the Son Of God up for crucifixion, shows to us evil which has gripped hearts through their choices to participate in murdering Him.

As was prophesied in Genesis 3, satan would work in the souls of people to bruise the heal of woman’s seed [Jesus]. Hebrews 2:14 illuminates this darkness of evil by reminding us that Jesus Son Of God will destroy evil’s ace card — death, ‘… so that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is satan. Because Jesus dies for you, as evil ones propel Him to the Cross, at His death then evil will no longer have its hold on your soul forever. Clearly Jesus Christ has victory over anything evil deals Him. As He is victoriously alive in your soul. Jesus says, “Remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

evil says, “Here is the man.” We His Church say, ‘Here is the beloved Son Of God victorious in all things!’

Disciples John and Peter

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.  Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate.  So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in.  The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?”  He said, “I am not,”. John 18:15-17

Jesus has been arrested and bound unnecessarily.  He offers no resistance and makes Himself peacefully available.  Jesus is first taken to Caiaphas’ father-in-law Annas who is the satan prompting Jesus’ unjustifiabe arrest, for he is the responsible party devising that one man shall die to appease the present Roman heightened anxiety.  My friend, should we ever say or think that all Jews killed Jesus then we are in the wrong– there has never been, and still remains, no reason for anti-semitism.  It would be like all Americans, for instance, taking accusations for the crimes of mob boss Peter Limone.  Annas is the evil man orchestrating this diabolical plot to put Jesus to death by crucifixion.

Now, the disciple John is the ‘disciple known to the high priest’ referred to in our text today.  John is known in these circles and Peter is not.  Peter is out of place in the inner court and yet as Christians we must not judge our Christian brother Peter here.  From Scriptures we can see that Peter stands out with his bold way of speaking, his accent, and his mannerisms.  When the guard woman notices Peter as being where he should not be, she asks then he responds with a lie. 

Peter then joins the servants and officers around the charcoal fire to warm himself.  The guards are around there to keep order.  Peter is both curious as to what is happening to the Lord Jesus our Savior and he is hopeful, perhaps, that he can take action at some point.  Then, Peter is recognized by the servant’s relative whose ear he had lopped off when Jesus was arrested (and Jesus then healed) who is standing at the same fire warmng himself too.  

How To Use Jesus’ Name As You Close Your Prayers

Jesus says, “So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.  On that day you will ask nothing of me.  Very truly, I tell you, ask anything of the Father in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in My name.  Ask and you will receive that your joy may be complete.”  John 16:22-24

The disciples pain was to watch their loving Savior Jesus suffer and die on the Cross; then three days later showers of joy are given to them with His Resurrection and gift of salvation!  This is the third time that Jesus mentions praying in His name.  To obey Jesus Christ and to love other people as He loves you places you within His Holy Joyful Presence that gives you not only His Peace, but also allows you to seek His will as you lean into the day with anticipation, expectation of His best, and quiet joy that the abundance of His love is here with you.

Yet, you cannot simply add, “In Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior’s name,” to the end of your prayers as an arbitrary ending and expect to get what you wish.  Remember that the disciples had never asked anything in His name before.  So in using this ‘new’ way to pray Jesus is teaching believers that by using Jesus Christ’s name we prompt the Holy Spirit to interceed for us to the Heavenly Father God’s heart with a reinterpretation of what we are asking for, in order that our asks align with God’s will.  

God’s glorious will is the best, right, good, most loving way to go– whether we are asking in prayer for others or asking in prayer for ourselves.  With the abundance of the heavenly Father’s love all things work together, in tandem, and with an outcome that you may not understand at first and yet through time will see the benefits of this blessed Christian life which you have committed yourself to– obedience to Christ with all you have, with all that you are, and with Jesus’ name foremost in all that you do.

The Main Thing About Jesus

Jesus says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become My disciples.  As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just a I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  I have said these things to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”  John 15:7-11

Jesus victorious overcomes every evil movement, sickness, disease, or choice to deny His Godly Presence.  He is the Overcomer and you are His believing becomer.  He says, “… bear much fruit and become My disciple.”  Now He is speaking to His disciples so why would He use the word become?  Because all disciples are becoming perfected, Christ-like, over a lifetime.  (This is sanctification.)

We, His disciples, are becoming ‘fruit’ perfected– more loving,  genuinely joy-filled, peace givers, extremely patient, beautifully kind, so generous, more faithful than a spouse, very gentle in all things, and having heightened self-control– these are our fruit bearing qualities.  This is who we are as His Holy Spirit filled, led, and infused disciples!  By the Power of the Holy Spirit other persons, of any age, can learn these fruits from your Christian living.

To live Christ-like is to be very immersed in your New Testament Scriptures each day, every day– His words abide in you.  Then ask for whatever you wish as you have aligned yourself with Christ’s will for fruit bearing.  All in all, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord’s Love on the Cross is the main thing.  Abide in Christ your Savior’s loving Heart as a believing becomer and all these fruits shall be added unto your friends, family, and co-workers.

World Peace Possible?

Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in Me.”  John 14:1

Jesus has prepared a place of constant fellowship for you with Himself.  You know it!!  It is Home in Him in the present tense.  World Peace will come when all have Home in Him; when all Christians (all of us!) speak up and witness to faith in Jesus Christ within our hearts and minds.  He is alive and our One Peace-filled Home.

As His living witness, show your complete trust in Jesus to others and speak about your trust in Him in order to make sure someone else understands His actions in your life and in the lives of others.  The one way to God through Jesus Christ is offered to someone else(s) through us, His trusting believers.

You sit down in a chair and trust that it will hold your weight.  You get into a car and trust that it will get you home.  You eat food and trust that it will nourish your body.  You trust Jesus Christ our Lord as true burden bearer, true guide and strength, and true nourishment for your soul.  Best of all, our Lord is True Salvation!


Who Can Judge You?

Jesus says, “I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”  John 12:47

Jesus speaks this in the middle of a summary of His teaching; look at the summary in your Bible verses 44-50 in chapter 12 of John’s Gospel.  Question:  So if Jesus Christ does not judge you then Who does?  Only One.  God the Heavenly Father of Jesus Christ.  The awesome quality of your Savior is that He is loving you all the time, even though you are flawed.  Yet He sees you filled with His Light, as a child of the Heavenly Father, and as your flaws tangle your decisions at times He is the One to unravel the tangles and right you again.

Marvelous Savior!  Your base level joy is found in the certainty our Savior Lord is perfecting you to become more more like Himself.  Perhaps one of the best examples of this is Peter the Rock, who confidently puts his heart and intellect into living with faith partnership with Jesus, doesn’t always make the best choices, even so he securely receives recovery by Jesus’ forgiveness, compassion, and saving grace.  

Christ Resurrected infailingly works with Peter, pulling him into His forgiveness and Love, cleansing him to complete recovery and we find Peter preaching the Pentecost sermon– words that spark Christ’s Holy Spirit to fill those who choose Christ and come up for Baptism at Pentecost!  As He does for Peter so He does for you.  Christ Resurrrected unfailingly works with you constantly, never giving up, never giving in, and never hesitant with His Love for you.  Marvelous!  What then?  Love others as He loves you.

To Never See Death

Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.  John 8:54

They had been waiting for the days when the Messiah would come and walk this beautiful earth as they knew from Old Testament prophesy that the Heavenly Father had a plan, yet they had to be tuned into God in order to recognize the Son who brought salvation.  God was helping believers to recognize Jesus yet it was up to each individual, on their own, to take Him into their hearts and become keepers of Jesus’ word.

It is the very same way today.  We can count on God to do the prompting in our friend’s hearts to yield to Jesus, yet it is up to them to repent and believe in Jesus Christ and they too will never see death (have life eternal in glorious heaven)!

There are two things to do.  Prayerfully wait and stand firm.  Paul says, ‘Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, .. standing firm in One Spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the Faith Of The Gospel.’  Philippians 1:27.   For ours is a privilege, to have firm faith in Christ as we are keepers of Christ’s word.

Bread Of Life Feeds You

Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  … I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.  John 6:47, 51

By saying ‘very truly’ Jesus is asking you to pay special attention and act on His true words.  He is living Bread.  Just as you eat any kind of regular bread, He instructs you to consume His Holiness through pure loving relationship with Him — you glorify Him with your life.  

Offer spiritual Bread to others.  Use your words to speak spiritual about Him often and with humble emphasis.  With your actions not only immerse yourself in Scripture, also use Christ-like spiritual compassion to help and spiritually minister to others.

Jesus had you in mind as He died on the Cross and was Resurrected.  Bread is spiritual food just as Christ is living salvation, hope, and the One who rights spirituality.  His is a forever relationship for His promise to you is that He’s got you forever.  Very truly believe on Him, with Him, for Him.