Miss you and thinking of you. Where God has called you - press on! It is already midweek Wednesday again. The road may appear endless, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel, can we say amen to that?
Speaking of the Light, we have arrived at the end of that tunnel in our walk through the gospel according to John! Finally, we are here at this last chapter. Congratulations to all who made it this far! It's not only how we start that counts, but also how we finish. Let us finish well for the Lord's glory, even stronger than we started! Press on, brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus - press on to love Christ more than anything, because more than anything, He loves you!
Your Brother Chester
WednesdayWalkinto the Word THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN 요한복음: Do You Love Me More than These? 나를 더 사랑하느냐? [chapter 21] DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN YOUR FISH? (21:1-14) (Question #1) Arriving at the very last chapter of this gospel, Jesus has risen from the dead. He has appeared to Mary Magdalene by the tomb, comforting her grief. He has appeared to the disciples behind locked doors, giving them His peace, Spirit, and forgiveness. He has appeared to the disciple Thomas, restoring his disbelief to belief. Now, a final appearance of the risen Jesus is recorded to teach us about what it means to love Jesus more than anything. In their confusion, in their time of waiting for the next appearance of Jesus, alongside their need to make a livelihood, what does Peter say he was going to do along with six other disciples, and was it fruitful (verse 1-3)? [*REFLECT #1a] Ironically, Peter goes back to the very thing that Jesus had called him to leave – fishing, nets, the boat. When have we said we are going to return to those things Jesus had called us out from? Can these things really be fruitful our walk with the Lord? [*REFLECT #1b] Peter and the other six disciples toiled all night at sea, but they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, what happened, and did the disciples know what was happening (verse 4)? [*REFLECT #1c] Who is standing on the shore of your life, while you toil and work so hard but do not gain any good fruit? How have we been oblivious to Jesus on the shore while we remain at sea? [*REFLECT #1d] The disciples have yet to know it was Jesus, yet how does Jesus address them, what does He ask them to do, and what resulted (verse 5-6)? [*REFLECT #1e] We often do not recognize Jesus in our lives, yet Jesus still addresses us as His children. As His children, we are not left orphans, empty-handed in this world. How has Jesus filled you by His challenge to cast your life “on the right side” of the boat, while you’ve stayed on the left side? Jesus said that on the right side of the boat, you might find “some” fish, yet the disciples found so much that they were not able to haul it back in! How can Jesus take a moment and make it into a movement in your life? When we obey Jesus, how can He take “some” and give us so much more that we can’t haul it all into our lives and the lives around us? [*REFLECT #1f] From the abundance of fish and their memory of Jesus who did the same for them in LUKE 5:4-11, the disciples finally realize, “It is the Lord!” who was the man standing on the shore (verse 7-8). What memory and reminders of the abundance in Jesus do you need to recall today? What are the “It is the Lord!” moments of your life? [*REFLECT #1g] The boat couldn’t move quickly enough for Peter, so he (being partly exposed) put on his outer garment and threw himself into the sea, leaving the hard work of dragging the net full of fish for the other disciples. Like Peter, how have we moved too quickly before the larger community in Christ? [*REFLECT #1h] Jesus had breakfast ready on the shore (verse 9-14). Although we often go back to our fishing nets, what does Jesus invite us to and have ready for us again and again? Does He want our fish or our fellowship? DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN YOUR FAILURES? (21:15-17) (Question #2) When they had finished breakfast, what does Jesus ask Peter three times (verse 15-17)? [*REFLECT #2a] Three times, Peter denied Jesus publicly. So also, Jesus goes about restoring Him three times. Jesus restores us as much as we’ve fallen from Him. What are the “more than these” in your life? How can Jesus be more? [*REFLECT #2b] After hearing Peter’s reply, Jesus says at each occasion, “Feed my lambs… Tend my sheep… Feed my sheep.” How do we love Jesus? Who are the lambs and sheep that need to be fed and tended to through you? DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN YOUR FUTURE? (21:18-25) (Question #3) What did Jesus predict about Peter’s future (verse 18-19)? [*REFLECT #3a] Following Jesus also entails going “where you do not want to go” – as Peter would to his death. Where do you not want to go? How could that undesired place or that undesired person be where Jesus desires for you to go? [*REFLECT #3b] You could imagine Peter’s sorrow – it wasn’t fair that he alone would have this kind of future, so Peter sees John (the disciple whom Jesus loved) and asks Jesus about his destiny. How does Jesus reply (verse 20-23)? [*REFLECT #3c] In the gospels, do we have all that Jesus did (verse 23-25)? How precious, then, is what we do have?