Monday, May 24, 2021
Here we are in our last week of the study of the Gospel of John. For the past 17 months we have gleaned life-transforming truths from the life of Jesus. This week will be hard for me as we bring this study to a close, but I am excited about what this 21st chapter teaches us. I must confess that the story of Christ and Peter is one of the most personally impactful stories in all of Scripture.
When Jesus rose from the dead, he did not return to the same body He was assigned for His incarnation. He did not return to the space/time limitations of this physical world. He rose in His eternal, incorruptible, and immortal body. It was significantly different enough from His previous body that He wasn’t even recognized by those who knew Him best.
Jesus chose how to reveal Himself to people in ways that would be most meaningful to them. When He revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene she thought He was a gardener. When He appeared in the locked room occupied by the disciples, they needed to see His hands, feet, and side to identify Him by His scars. When two disciples were joined by a third man for a walk and discussed the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah, they didn’t even know it was Him until He broke bread with them.
Now, Jesus stands on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and prepares to reveal Himself to His disciples again.
John 21:1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.
Before we get into the story, I want to share a profound truth with you from this verse: Jesus chooses how to reveal Himself to us because He knows how best to strengthen our faith.
Think about that for a while today. Jesus customizes His approach to each of us so that we have the greatest opportunity to grab onto Him and understand His truth. His Word becomes alive in us as Jesus reveals Himself to us through the circumstances of life. And everyone’s experiences are different.
But we must be careful. The experience is not the truth. Jesus is the truth, but He uses our experiences to reveal Himself to us. And what He reveals will ALWAYS be what His Holy Word, the Bible, has already revealed. But let’s face it, we all learn differently. Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus chooses how to reveal Himself to us in ways we can understand?
Look around today. Jesus is working in everything that happens to reveal Himself to you.