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“Have you Seen Jesus?”

John 21:1-14

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Where have you seen Jesus? I see Jesus each week in people that I least expect to see Jesus. This past Sunday, Debra Leftwich appealed to the congregation about help for the blessing box because our funds are running low for the ministry. We are thankful for the donations that have come in after worship this past weekend.

After church, I thanked Debra for her help with the ministry as she was stocking up the blessing box pantry. She said she would fill the blessing box after she was done stocking. She proceeded to fill the blessing box after worship as she said she would. Soon after, a gentleman came to the blessing box and took some of what she had stocked. We, as a church, were being Jesus to the man who went to the blessing box. Debra and I could see it happening right in front of our eyes.

Have you been looking for Jesus in places where you least expect him? If you read further in this scripture, Jesus shares a meal with the disciples. When have you shared a meal with Jesus?


Pastor Harvey