they knew it was HIM!

Today is day 3 of 3 of studying John 21.  As in the previous two days,  I have the entire text written for you for review.

John 21:1-14: Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.  5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?  “No,” they answered.  6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.  7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.  10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

As a review of the last 2 days, we learned that if we follow His instructions, He will supply more than we will ever need.  We also studied how Jesus is always a step ahead of us preparing the future and “wooing” us.  Today we will study John 21:12.  Before we do that, if you go back and look at verse 4 you will see that the disciples didn’t even know Jesus had appeared on the scene when He first came to the shore.  One could assume they didn’t know it was Him when He asked if they had caught any fish.  We find out in verse 7 that John is the first one to say “It is the Lord.”  Peter tuned right in upon hearing this, quickly threw on his outer garment and jumped in the water and headed towards Jesus.  Prior to that moment, I don’t think he had a clue Jesus was even around.  When the scene gets to verse 12, the word tells us that “None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.”

Does Jesus ever do that to you?  He shows up in such a way… that there is no mistaking that it is Him.  You feel is presence, His peace comes over you like never before… and you know it is Jesus.  He performs that miracle that is so amazing, that you know the hand of Jesus was all over the situation.  In John 21 Jesus entered the scene, performed an amazing miracle of filling their net with fish, “wooed” them by preparing a nice fire of burning coals and breakfast… they KNEW they were having an encounter with their SAVIOR!  Who else could have turned a night of catching nothing into so many fish that they could barely haul in the net.  He is so amazing and His power is so mighty, that there is no mistaking who it is!

Recently, my family has had the blessing of observing an amazing miracle in the life of one our preschool families.  The mom of the family has sickle cell disease and found out that she was pregnant.  A pregnancy over the age of 30 is very risky for someone with sickle-cell.  The mom was advised to prepare for the worse and make arrangements if she were to not survive the delivery.  Not only was she devastated about hearing stressful news, she was in excruciating pain due to her sickle-cell disease.  For her safety and the safety of the precious little baby in her womb, she was placed in the hospital for almost 2 months prior to delivery.  I can only fathom what a “dark” time this was for her and her family.  Her family and friends began to fervently pray for a miracle.  People who have never met this family began to pray for a miracle as well.  The news of this family spread and there were people praying around the globe for Jesus to step in and intervene to overcome the statistics of the risky delivery.  It is very hard for me to explain the story in detail without you hearing it first hand, but believe me when I say Jesus stepped in…performed a miracle… “wooed” this family and everyone involved… and WE KNOW IT WAS THE HAND OF THE LORD, because at the beginning of this month baby Juwan was born and mom is able to lovingly hold her precious baby in her arms.  The name Juwan means “God is gracious.”  What a perfect name for such a little miracle.  He and his mom are recovering and there is nothing but rejoicing going on all around this family.   Word’s cannot begin to express how in awe of God we all are for this miracle.

May you be encouraged to know that Jesus loves us so much that he desires to step in and do things in such an amazing way that we will always know IT IS HIM!


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