Morning Bible Study
I’d like to talk about an incident that took place about two weeks after
the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Jesus had given
the disciples instructions to meet Him in Galilee. The disciples had made their way up north,
but Jesus had not yet showed up.
Peter was the
one who came up with the idea to go fishing.
The guys all
got into a boat and spent the entire night fishing. They didn’t catch a thing.
Early in the
morning a lone figure stood the shore and called out to the men, asking if they
had caught any fish. He suggested they try
casting their nets on the other side of the boat, and when they did they couldn’t draw it in
because they had caught so many fish.
They realized it was Jesus on the shore.
When they got
their boat to shore, Jesus had a breakfast prepared for them.
The smarty pants think it was pita bread and broiled fish. I think it might have been pancakes.
resurrection is tied to the forgiveness of our sins.
When Jesus died
on the cross, He died as a sacrifice for our sins.
(Isaiah 53:5 NKJV) But He was
wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His
stripes we are healed.
But how do we know that He actually paid for our
sins on the cross? Because death could
not hold Him down. He came back to life
because He had paid for all our sins.
(1 Corinthians 15:17 NKJV)
if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your
But Jesus did rise from the dead, and our sins have been paid for.
meets Peter on the beach, He asks Peter three times if he loves Him.
Why three times? Because of something that had happened a few
weeks earlier, the night that Jesus was arrested.
Why was Peter
so grieved when Jesus asked him three times if he loved Jesus?
he had told Jesus that he would never deny Jesus, yet he did it not once, not
twice, but three times.
Do you feel
like you’ve failed Jesus?
Do you feel like you’ve sinned one too many times? Or maybe three hundred too many times?
forgiveness today because of the resurrection of Jesus.
is here today to ask you, “Do you love Me?”
He doesn’t ask because He questions it. He asks because He knows you do, and He has
forgiveness for you.
If you love Him, then stop running from Him, turn around,
and receive the forgiveness that He has already paid for.
Back to work
Very early in His ministry, Jesus saw two men fishing.
(Mark 1:16–18 NKJV) —16 And as He
walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for
they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and
I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
Simon would become known as “Peter”.
They had been fishers of “fish”, but Jesus would make them
fishers of “men”.
They left their nets and followed Jesus.
Yet now after
having failed Jesus so utterly, Peter has gone back to fishing for fish.
He’s even persuaded some of the other disciples to follow him.
When Jesus asks Peter three times if Peter loves Him, and Peter says “yes”,
Jesus responds three times with basically the same thing.
(John 21:17b NKJV) Jesus said
to him, “Feed My sheep.”
Peter had gone from fishing for “fish” to fishing for
“men”, and now back to fishing for “fish”.
Jesus wants Peter to get back to the people, His “sheep”.
takes us from the fish and sends us back to the people.
Peter had left the ministry of working with people to work
Jesus is calling Peter to get back to the original
Perhaps some of
you have strayed from what God has originally called you to do.
For some of
you, it’s sin that has messed up your life and made you feel like God was done using
You need to rethink that.
God wants you to get back to the business of reaching out to
this world and touching the people He died to save.
For some of
you, things got a bit too messy at church.
Somebody caused you trouble.
Somebody hurt your feelings.
Somebody opposed what you were doing.
My question to you is this, are you going to let people
stop what God is wanting to do through you?
It might not be the same shape or size of what you were
doing before, but God
still wants to use you.
Get back to work.
Every person God has ever used has been a sinner saved by
grace, and you’re no different.
Do you love Jesus? Then feed His sheep.