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After dying on the cross, and rising up from the dead, Jesus appeared to the disciples multiple times. On the third of such visits, Jesus did a miracle which first required their illogical compliance. Read the following:

John 21

Breakfast by the Sea

 1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately[a] got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Obviously, throwing the net on the other side of the boat was preposterous! Why anyone who had a brain would know that the net would still be in the same water under the same boat, regardless of which side the net was cast! However, or should I say, none the less...the disciples did as Jesus suggested, and the instant result was BIG SUCCESS! Now, let me pose a question. Would the results have been the same if the disciples had decided NOT to throw the net on the other side of the boat? Of course not! The miracle was dependent upon the action (of faith) of the disciples! That's not to say that Jesus couldn't have acted independent of them and caused the fish to merely jump into the boat...He could have. Yet, for their good, Jesus wanted them to exhibit trust by hearing, and doing what He said. When they completed  the task at hand, they experienced Divine abundance! Whereas before Jesus came along, they had caught nothing...after responding to Jesus in humility and faith, the massive catch of fish was granted.

Many Christians in the world seemingly believe acts of faith are not important today. But, if you read your Bible on a regular basis, you KNOW that acts of faith ARE IMPORTANT in the life of a believer! Everything Jesus did while He was on earth involved acts of faith. Remember, whatever is not of faith, is sin (READ)

Romans 14:23 (New King James Version)

23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.[a]

After they passed that test, Peter dove into the sea to get to Jesus as quickly as possible...the other disciples came to the shore in the boat. Once to the shore, they saw the good food Jesus had prepared for them. Jesus had food on the coals. It was ready to serve. He then says, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught". Peter brought the net with 153 fish up to the shore. The net was full, but did not break.

Why did Jesus ask them to bring some of the fish they had just caught? Didn't He mean the fish He had just given them? What was the point? He already had the meal ready for them. I believe it was a significant request that revealed His will that they be involved in what HE was doing. I believe every good and perfect gift comes from God. Whatever I have that is good came from God...and He wants to use it for His Kingdom and glory! Jesus was affirming the fruit of their faith! He was revealing His desire to be in relationship with them! In much the same way, Jesus is daily seeking relationship with us. He wants to take what we have received from Him, and use it to glorify the Father in Heaven.

Notice that the net didn't break. That was a miracle in and of itself! I believe it represented the TRUTH of God's blessings not causing us sorrow or harm...He has plans to prosper us...to give us a hope and a future! What God does is perfect. We are the workmanship of God...we aren't perfect...He is perfecting us!

The days ahead for the disciples would be both exciting and dangerous. Jesus was getting them ready for what was ahead! If you are listening today, I believe you will hear Jesus affirming your acts of sincere faith. I believe you will hear Him inviting you to dine with Him...to receive His blessings...getting you ready for the tasks that are coming. Let Jesus be the ONE WHO AFFIRMS YOU TODAY! Let Him produce miracles through the activity of your faith. Don't hesitate to trust Him...DIVE IN TO HIS GOODNESS, and receive the BEST of a relationship with HIM!

Until next time, be blessed with God's BEST

Your Partner In Ministry,
Greg McCowen

 

 
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