“This was now the third time Jesus appeared to His Disciples after He was raised from the dead.”
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at verse 12 of Chapter 21, we see and hear the words of Jesus as recorded by John.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the Disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are You?’ They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was the third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.” John 12 – 14.
Obviously things were different after the death and resurrection of the Lord. The whole world had changed, but Jesus had not; “For He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Obviously the Lord looked different. His old body had been destroyed by beatings, and crucifixion and laying in the grave 3 days. But Father had given Him a new body that could do fantastic things. He could and did appear, and disappear as He did when He first appeared to them after His resurrection. He could walk through walls, and closed doors . He could and did eat as He joined His disciples before, and now was there for breakfast with them. He did things that only a Spirit could do, but also did things that only a person of flesh could do. This was all by design – as was the case in everything He did. This was to show us the kind of body we shall have when we get to heaven, and what we shall be able to do.
This was the third time the Lord appeared to His Disciples, so clearly He was doing things other than spending all of His time with them. We are told in Acts that He spent 40 days after His resurrection before He went to bodily stay in Heaven. I feel He spent a great deal of time with His Mother, and Brothers, and Sisters since there was a complete turn around for them as shown in the writings of His brothers James, and Jude. We are not told this, but the results are what we have. So it is with everything, and everyone He touched. Life changing.
So it is with each of us when we have an experience with Him. My life was changed forever when He came to me as I know yours was as well. Each of us had different experiences. Each of us have a gift to use, and a mission to complete while we are here. Being human, we often fail at these things, but the Good News is He never gives up on us. He keeps coming back, and giving us opportunities to grow as He did with Peter. We will look at that meeting next week which went on right after the Breakfast they were eating.
Have a wonderful week. Though we are going through a dark stretch in our world right now, this too shall pass. Let us pray for the needs of all, and give praise and thanks to our Lord Jesus that He is with us through it all. Let us be ever mindful of how He loves us unconditionally, and that He is with us always.
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