An Invitation To Dine With King Jesus
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scriptures: John 20:19-22 & John 21:1-13
Sunday 6th December 2015
We began a new series last week titled, ‘The Defining Moment’. Here is a brief recap of the message ‘From lack to Overflowing Abundance’. Each one of us has a defining moment that God has predestined for our lives. This series was inspired by the recent trip to the Holy Land, as I stood on the shore where the story we are examining in the series took place. The disciples were traumatized by the events leading up to Jesus’ death, and the recent news that He was not staying for too long after his resurrection.
The future the disciples anticipated was just a dream that wasn’t going to come true, and as a result, they resorted to the past – fishing. Inadvertently, when there is no hope in the future, there is little or no power in the present. Here are five responses to embrace in order to enjoy the blessings of our defining moments, namely: (a) Never lose sight of your future irrespective of what you are going through (b) Your breakthrough is not in your performance or your experience (c) Depend on the grace of God (d) Receive a word from God, and lastly (e) Respond to the word by faith even when the word seems illogical.
Today, we continue this series with the message titled ‘An Invitation to Dine with King Jesus’. Let’s read our foundation scripture in John 20:19-22 and John 21:1-13. ‘That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.’ Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.
The invitation to dine with Christ was a turning point in the lives of the disciples. It was a pure act of God’s unmerited favour, mercy and kindness. Prior to this experience, the disciples had toiled all night without much success. They surely would have been exhausted and battered by the cold wind of the Sea of Galilee. The night hours dragged on till morning with no breakthrough. Despite this disappointment, Christ was waiting to serve and attend to them. Probably, you’ve had a difficult night season this year, I want to assure you that Jesus is waiting to usher you into a new season, experience and beginning. There is a hope and a turning point for you.
Let’s take a closer look at verse 9: ‘When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread’. The very thing they had gone all night searching for, was waiting for them. Jesus the Provider intervened and surprised them. He demonstrated that their expertise would not always be sufficient atimes. Here is a lesson for us all to imbibe: our experiences will sometimes not be adequate to deal with life’s situations. We then must turn to Christ, who is more than enough for us. John 15:5 emphasizes the inexorableness of depending solely on Christ; ‘without me, you can do nothing’. Christ is our present help in times of trouble, as highlighted in Psalm 46:1. Another Psalm puts it this way: ‘Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!’ (Psalm 68:19).
God is interested in providing for all our needs; not because we merit it but because of His grace that is demonstrated through His love. Psalm 145:16 reads: ‘You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing’ (NIV). So wherever you may find yourself in life, be rest assured that God will provide for you. Just like the disciples found out on reaching the shore that Jesus had provided for them, I declare an end to insufficiency and inadequacy in your life in Jesus name!
Here is verse 9 once again: ‘When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread’. Having experienced the cold climate on the Sea of Galilee and its environs, a warm fire was definitely a necessity for the disciples after a cold long night of frustration. Jesus was deliberate in preparing a fire to warm them up. Perhaps, you’ve experienced a winter season in your life, I declare an end to this in Jesus name!
Here is verse 12, which reads: “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. Jesus called to his disciples: ‘Come!’. The same invitation is extended to each of us. We’ve been called to Jesus’ side to partake of all He has already provided (verse 9). If it is healing, protection, provision, deliverance that you need, Jesus is ready to supply these and more to you. The disciples experienced a change in their circumstances when they heeded Jesus’ call. We can also experience this when we approach Jesus and lay aside our self-regard.
The word ‘Breakfast’ is made up of two words: ‘break’ and ‘fast’. Fast could be described as lack, abstinence. Probably, the issues of life may have forced you in fasting, leading to all kinds of difficulties. Jesus invitation is simple: ‘come now, and have breakfast’. It’s time to put an end to this issue in your life. Everything you need is already provided!
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