Saturday, April 16, 2016

Breakfast On The Beach


   Have you ever gone fishing and caught nothing?  Have you ever invested in a relationship and received nothing?  Have you ever been disappointed with God?

   Jesus’ disciples had experienced all those things.  Jesus had died, appeared to them twice in his resurrected body, and that was it.  Their hope for a Messiah or a revolution, or something had disappeared.  Three years with Jesus shot. 

   Many of them went to their comfort zone, back home, to commercial fishing as they had done before Jesus had called them to come and follow him (John 21:1-19).

   They fished all night with no results. 

   Then, at dawn, Jesus appeared on the shore and told them to throw a net on the other side of the boat.  It sounds funny, but they did it and caught 153 fish! 

   Jesus was waiting for them with a fire and fish and bread for breakfast on the beach.

   Jesus had not abandoned them.  He had met them where they were.  He had provided nourishment for them so that they might live truly.

   This is the risen Christ. 

   He is alive among us, the tired, the failed and the discouraged Christian community.  He calls us to himself to be re-energized and sent again into the world in his presence and in his name.

   Peter, who denied Jesus three times is forgiven and sent to proclaim Jesus three times.

 All are called to follow Jesus again, nourished from within.  Jesus is alive and is present within and among us.  We are fed with the Spirit, we are nourished at His table.

   Jesus said, to the Devil, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

   Jesus is alive and at work in our hearts.  Know Jesus, know life.

   Come and worship God for all that he has done for us this Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church at 8:30 a.m. or at 10:00 a.m.  We’re located at 505 East Bonita Avenue (one-half block east of the Post office) in San Dimas. 

   Find more information at www.faithsd.net.  Contact me at flc@faithsd.net or at 909 599-3978 if you have any questions.

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