Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Easter Wednesday: A Devotional Commentary
Colossians 3:1–7 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. You also once walked in those, when you lived in them;
John 21:1–14 After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” They told him, “We are also coming with you.” They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. But when day had already come, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples didn’t know that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them, “Children, have you anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” They cast it therefore, and now they weren’t able to draw it in for the multitude of fish. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around him (for he was naked), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away), dragging the net full of fish. So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of great fish, one hundred fifty-three; and even though there were so many, the net wasn’t torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” None of the disciples dared inquire of him, “Who are you?” knowing that it was the Lord. Then Jesus came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus was revealed to his disciples, after he had risen from the dead.
The church is always coming up with new programs and new visions. Each fad is replaced with a new one. Sometimes these programs appear to be successful but even then they're not. Since the beginning of the church being a fisher of men has always been about baptizing and teaching. It has never been about our creativity or ability to dupe people. If you insist on doing it your own way, you won't end up with any fish. But Christ's Word is powerful--the fish come jumping right into the net even when they don't appear to be. Regardless of how many people we get to come to our church, we are completley unfaithful to Christ if we neglect the means that He has chosen to bring them in. If we change the means we show that we do not think Christ is very powerful at all. He must need our help. But it all depends on Christ--His Word and His baptism. He feeds us. He gives. We receive. We murdered Him. He forgives us.
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 12:01 AM