THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
"The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending;
and to have the two as close together as possible."
-- George Burns
4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, and hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
The above Scripture is a genuine short sermon complete with visuals.
***First, Jesus cares and watches over us.
He was watching over the disciples and knew they hadn't caught any fish.
Most of them were professional fishermen, but today, they had failed in their work.
Jesus knows the intimate sufferings of our lives.
He is TODAY preparing spiritual food sufficient for the needs of our life!
***Second, Jesus invites us to personally dine with Him.
He invites us to come in union with Him, because He Himself is our greatest pleasure.
In those days, to eat with someone symbolized a covenant relationship.
The thought was we take each other in, just as we take in the food.
That's why Jesus had once said, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven:
if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh,
which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6:51)
When we come to Jesus in prayer and Bible study, we are taking in the "bread...from heaven."
***Third, Jesus invites us to partake of His strength.
To eat with Christ means to dine upon His own personal strength.
His "meat" is the Word of God.
His "power" is union with God.
This is the "food" which God has prepared for God!
Yet He invites us to share in the same strength, and to have power for living in the world.
Oh! How often we restrict ourselves to a "skinny" diet!
We should be dining upon the "marrow and fatness" of the food of God, and in His personal presence!
STUDY your BIBLE!
"Come and dine!"