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Ready To Dine

Daily Devotions:by Christina Farris

John 21:1-17 KJV
(1) After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
(2) There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
(3) Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
(4) But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
(5) Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
(6) And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
(7) Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
(8) And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
(9) As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
(10) Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
(11) Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
(12) Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
(13) Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
(14) This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
(15) So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
(16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
(17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

What did the disciples do with all them fish they caught in this story? Well the first thing they did was have fellowship with Jesus and the other fishermen over a hot cooked meal of fish. If you want to share the gospel you better be ready to dine with Jesus. The second thing they did was listen to Jesus tell Peter to feed his sheep. It did not start with just the sheep but the lambs as well. If you got a speaker to far over oneís head the lambs can not eat. The doctors and lawyers might eat but the lambs will starve. Without food for the lambs then the work of God does not continue. Lambs are not always little children, but can be adults still learning the basics of faith. The food for the lambs are the same as the church. Yet they may not be able to drink stronger of the milk. In due time they will drink and eat the stronger meal of the food. For example of eating strong meat. A movie often is simple and clear to a point of a simple story, but the author usually has a political, and/or religious/moral agenda to meet. The movie by itself is just a story, but if one analyzes it for deeper truth, there usually much to gain even if you do not agree with the writers truth.

The Bible is a book of stories, unless you dig for the deeper meaning with in the story. Usually when using this passage I talk about feeding sheep, yet this morning I find myself thinking on what did the disciples do with all those fish.

What did the disciples do with all those fish? I am almost sure Jesus and the disciples did not eat them all. Two things could of happened. The disciples could of taken them to the fish market, or they could of thrown a fish fry and invited everyone they knew. I seriously doubt they took it to the market that day, for the abundance of fish had caused them to have to mend those nets. Jesus had been to the cross and was talking to His disciples about sharing the Gospel with Godís people. Jesus spent forty days with his disciples after his death, and I can not imagine a crowd not gathering to see Jesus. Yet in truth some might have been a little scared and others curious. Yet that part of the story is not told, only the instructions to Peter and other disciples of feeding the sheep. To have a huge gathering one needs a meal if some distance is involved for some travelers. There was enough fish to feed and army of people or sell and give money to the poor to feed them. Jesus was one to teach about feeding Godís people the milk and meat of what he taught. Teach and encourage them to have faith in God.

This meal was only a meal with Jesus, but unless you take the meal God gives and shares it, it only satisfies your soul and no one elseís. Jesus never intended for what He gave to us to be put in storage never to be used and shared with others that had need of it. Do not put Godís word in a storage locker. Do not put Godís word on the shelf for only you to pull down when it is convenient. God intends you to share the meat and milk of the word. Remember if you do not dine first you never will be able to feed anyone else.

There was a time when those working ate first and those remaining ate last. Those that worked needed food to work and those who did not work needed food for survival. Whether you preach or teach you still need dinning time with Jesus. Dining time is studying the word of God.

Dear Heavenly Father teach your people that they need to dine on your word whether they are in full time service for you or not. That your word is important to both the believer, non believer and those that teach and preach. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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