And after He had said these things,
He was lifted up while they were looking on,
and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going,
behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.
They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?
This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven,
will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."
Jesus has ascended and is coming back.
In view of the news do you know what the disciples did right away?
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer.
They prayed! Unified. Continually. Devotedly.
I want that spirit!
Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing."
They said to him, "We will also come with you."
They went out and got into the boat;
and that night they caught nothing.
But when the day was now breaking,
Jesus stood on the beach;
yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
So Jesus said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?"
They answered Him, "No."
And He said to them,
"Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch."
So they cast,
and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
I love this!
Jesus knew all the work they did and caught nothing.
Jesus pointed out their lack of fish so that they, too, would know.
Jesus knew where the fish were.
Jesus directed them to the fish.
Imagine if they had said “No thanks. We’re done! Pooped. Tired. Going home.”
I have noticed that fisherman aren’t like that.
They try one more time.
When fishing for souls, follow Jesus’ lead.
He knows where the fish are!
Ohhhh, that gets me so excited and I don’t even like fishing.
Physical fishing… I love fishing for souls!
There is nothing like it!
We’re at a time in our life where God said “Cast your net on the right side!”
It’s such a haul! It’s such a thrill!
Imagine if we had said, “No thanks. We’re done! Pooped. Tired. Going home.”
Thank you, Lord! To God be the glory! Great things He has done!
Hey, I’m going fishing! Wanna join me?
And when He had said this,
He showed them both His hands and His side.
The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
So Jesus said to them again,
"Peace be with you;
as the Father has sent Me,
I also send you."
The disciples saw the Lord alive, risen from the dead!
Imagine the rejoicing!
They were then given their marching orders. As Jesus was sent by the Father into the world, they were sent.
We aren’t meant to enjoy the Lord selfishly. We are sent to a lost world.
One day believers will see the Lord. What a day of rejoicing that will be!
We will give an account for how we used our redeemed life.
What a day of accounting that will be!
I’ve been reminded of this verse a few times lately:
Now, little children, abide in Him,
so that when He appears,
we may have confidence
and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
1 John 2:28
Pilate came out again and said to them,
"Behold, I am bringing Him out to you
so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.”
So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying,
Pilate said to them,
"Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him."
No guilt. No guilt.
This passage brought me today to Hebrews.
Therefore He is able also to save forever
those who draw near to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them.
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest,
separated from sinners and
exalted above the heavens;
who does not need daily,
like those high priests,
to offer up sacrifices,
first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people,
because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
Hallelujah what a Savior!
What a Great High Priest!
So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him,
went forth and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"
They answered Him,
"Jesus the Nazarene."
He said to them, "I am."
And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them.
So when He said to them,
"I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
We are studying the life of Moses in Sunday School. God revealed Himself to Moses as the “I AM.” I love this section in the New Testament. Jesus simply says His name and they fall back. One little glimpse into who He is. This is the One who went to the cross. God! What condescension! Now I’m singing this old hymn!
Down from His glory,
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me,
be with Me where I am,
so that they may see My glory which You have given Me,
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
I love learning what Jesus wanted, because I want to desire the same things as Him!
What did He want?
That His people be with Him. You know what it’s like to want to be with someone. To be in their presence and to be enjoying the same things. That’s what Jesus wants. Companionship with His own! Lovely! Me too! I want to be with Him! (Maybe today, Lord?)
That His people see His glory. This is the glory He had before He became a man. What glory He left behind to do the Father’s will! But that was only temporary. He wants His own to see that beauty. I can’t even take in what this is. I look forward to seeing His glorification because I, too, will be glorified! I can't wait! (Maybe today, Lord?)
I’m singing this beautiful hymn today!
When all my labors and trials are o’er,
When Mumsy and I were preparing her for glory, we would sing about glory all the time. I'm also singing one of her favorites today! And rejoicing that she is with Him and she is seeing His glory!
There may be tears to shed as we travel home,
These things I have spoken to you,
so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage;
I have overcome the world.
Where can I find peace?
Remember yesterday we were told to abide in Him?
This is another reason to stay where He put us.
Peace. In Him.
So often when we struggle, we turn to other people or things to get peace and can’t find it.
Peace is only In Him!
In the world? Tribulation.
He has overcome the world!
Stay where He put you… in Him!
Craig and I were being branches on the vine in this vineyard. Silly, yes! But this morning it reminded me to stay in Him! There is Peace!
I love the above picture! Craig and I walked through this beautiful vineyard in Georgia and thought about Christ as the Vine and us as the branches. I remembered this as I read today's reading.
Abide in Me,
Jesus is the Vine. When we get saved we are put in Him, the Vine. To abide in Him means to live where He put us. I need to draw my life from Christ. That means drawing near in the Word, prayer, and fellowship with believers. Then He abides in us! What a sweet position He gave us. Why would we think we could get our nourishment from anywhere else? Why? Foolishness!
I love this encouragement to stay where He put me! And then what?
And much fruit!
And fruit that remains!
I want that! Because someday I want to have something to give back to Jesus to honor Him.
My word for the day… Stay! Abide!
He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me;
and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father,
and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
Jesus answered and said to him,
"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;
and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
This is a most wonderful promise!
Oh, that it would grip our hearts!
The more I love God, the more I obey Him.
The more I obey God, He reveals Himself to me in special, intimate ways.
When I disobey God, I miss out on intimacy with Him.
I want to be a lover of God!
Oh, to be quick to obey!
Oh, to know Him better!
Now before the Feast of the Passover,
Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world
to the Father,
having loved His own who were in the world,
He loved them to the end.
I love John 13. Today I was gripped with the first verse.
Jesus knew it was time for Him to die.
This was the reason He came.
At that time… He loved His own to the end.
He showed this love as He got down and washed their feet.
He showed this love as He went to the cross.
Not many people love to the end.
It’s a rare quality.
Jesus does! He loves you!
Down from His splendor in glory He came,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!