As we approach Resurrection Day in memory of Jesus Christ’s victory over death, the Book of John includes a message about the days of Christ’s appearing after His resurrection. Simply, the Apostle John states his reason for writing the gospel book about Jesus:
30The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the Power of His Name. ~ John 20:30-31 NLT
In these verses it seems that John is making sure that the salvation message of Christ Our Redeemer is understood – We have Life by the Power of His Name! That is the same power that broke Jesus free of the tomb!
The next Chapter (21) of the Book of John records the famous “Feed My Sheep” message from Jesus to Simon Peter. As Jesus is waiting for his disciples to come to shore after fishing all night, it becomes clear there was no catch. At dawn, Jesus appears to His disciples for the third time since His resurrection and begins to speak to the crew. If we only copy the text containing Jesus’s words in verses 5-19:
“Fellows, have you caught any fish?”
Then He said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!”
(Of course, the net immediately filled with fish. The boat is about one hundred yards from shore and Peter jumps out, rushing to Jesus on the shore. Amazingly, when Peter gets there, Jesus already has a meal of fish and bread cooked over an open fire!)
“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,”
“Now come and have some breakfast!”
Is it possible that Jesus is giving us a picture of what His Great Commission Plan should look like?
Hmmmm… catch some fish…
by sharing the Truth…
He promises we will certainly experience a harvest of souls…
and then bring them to Him for a big breakfast that He already prepared ahead of time…
The marriage supper of the Lamb?
Wow! By the Power of His Name! (Not our power)
Later in the same chapter Jesus asks if Peter loves Him three times; in which case Peter responds that he does. Jesus says,
“Feed My lambs”
“Take care of My sheep”
“Feed My Sheep.”
Then Jesus explains what it’s going to cost Peter to be an evangelist for Christ. Sadly, Peter will be crucified.
18”I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and others will dress you and take you where you want to go.” 19Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow Me.” ~ John 21:18-19
“Father God, we pray for Your children who have suffered and given all to spread the message of Christ’s crucifixion on the cross to save the world from sin. We also glorify Your Holy Name that Jesus arose from the grave and is alive today! What a glorious testimony to all who will listen and repent of sin. Thank you, Jesus, for loving us while we were yet sinners. Thank You for giving us The Gift of Life by the Power of Your Name if we repent and follow You. AMEN.”