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Daily Reading: 12th April 2016

John 21.12-14

12 Jesus said (says) to them: “Come here, have some breakfast”. Knowing that it is the Lord none of the disciples dared to ask Him: “Who are You?”

13 Jesus came (comes) and took (takes) the bread and gave (gives) it to them, and likewise the fish. 

14 Having been raised from the dead this was already the third time Jesus was revealed to the disciples.

It would seem that there was a mixture of feelings within the disciples. They knew that it was Jesus who was inviting them to have some breakfast, but at the same time they appear to have wanted to ask who He was. Perhaps it was that they could not quite believe what was happening, even though they had already seen Jesus a couple of times since His resurrection.

There was another occasion when the disciples saw Jesus, but did not know that it was Him they were seeing.

It was the occasion when Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the sea:

49) But they seeing Him walking on the sea imagined that it was a ghost and they shouted (shrieked) out.

50) For they all saw Him and were troubled. But straight away He spoke with them and says: “Be of good cheer, it is Me. Do not be afraid” – Mark 6.49-50.

It is the words of Jesus that calms their fears.

Once again the disciples were on the sea, although the circumstances are very different, and they knew that Jesus was no ghost. However, knowledge and fear appear to have combined to keep the disciples silent.

Yet, they did not allow this to prevent them from responding to Jesus.

It is sadly true that knowledge of Jesus can keep some people from responding to Him. It was true during His ministry. The vast majority of people heard Jesus teach, they saw the miracles that He performed, they observed the way He lived, and many believed that He had been sent by God. Yet the observation of John was true:

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, but the world did not know Him.

11 He came to His own people, but His own people did not receive Him – John 1.11-10.

Fear can also prevent people from coming to Jesus. It is the fear of the unknown. Responding to Jesus does mean He will change our life by the power of the Holy Spirit. Many people find this upheaval fearful, and so they prefer to remain in darkness.

Let us constantly welcome the call of Jesus to come to Him and be fed.

 

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