Jesus invites us for fellowship: 4 May 2014

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. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. — John 21: 12–13

Message

We want to accept the invitation of the Lord because it promises us eternal wealth. Our Bible text describes the impressive events surrounding the encounter of the Risen Lord Jesus with His disciples. The Risen One was waiting for them at the shore of the Sea of Tiberias. Through His words and deeds, the disciples were quick to recognise that it was Jesus who had appeared to them (verse 7). This was also the reason they did not ask whether it was really He. This was an expression of their fear of God: encounters with the divine create certainty! He then called upon the disciples to come and share in a meal with Him. It was this invitation that made them realise that it was the Lord. It reminded them of their experience at the Feast of the Passover, when Holy Communion was instituted, as well as of many other such occasions on which the Lord had shared in fellowship with them at the table.

Core Points

  • Let us accept the invitation that Jesus extends to us.
  • If we accept the invitation of Jesus Christ, we can enjoy fellowship with the triune God already today.
  • Our fellowship with the triune God strengthens us, comforts us, and grants us joy in our life of faith.
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