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Sunday Of Easter
"Upon Further Review"
Rev. Wayne Dobratz, B.A., M.Div.
1) Of the big catch--vv1-7, Lk 5:1-11
2) Of the feeding of thousands--v9, Matt 14:21 et al
3) Of Christs coming to them alive--v14, John 20:19-29
Football plays are dissected on replay, basketball and hockey scores are subject to review. With all the surveillance cameras around us, who knows what else is being watched these days. In todays text, Jesus comes to the disciples to give them a FURTHER REVIEW of His impact upon their lives and of the work He has for His disciples, then and now, to do.
Commentary: vv7-8, Richard Lenski, Interpretation of Johns Gospel, p1406ff:
"By means of the mass of fish, Jesus makes himself known, and Peter abandons everything, boat as well as fish, and runs straight to Jesus." (See Lk 5:10)
Re: v9ff: "The surprise of the disciples is marked by the present tense, they see, namely here on the shore a charcoal fire that has been laid, the coals glowing! And on these coals a fish has been laid, lying there roasting! And bread is there, a cake of bread to go with the fish, the same word used in 6:9 & 11 (an echo of the Feeding of the 5,000). Everything is ready for a meal! ...The fire, the fish, and the bread are here through the miraculous power of Jesus." Note: A greater meal will be provided in our Fathers House, see Rev 19:7-9."
Re: v14: "When Jesus first called the two pairs of brothers he taught them by means of a miracle that their success was absolutely sure if they would obey his Word, no matter what their own skill and reason might advise..."
(In this second great catch) "Human effort is nothing. The Lords Word and promise filled the net, these and nothing else. What the Lord revealed in the day of his humiliation he now corroborates in the day of his glorification."
"The Lord would provide for all their needs. They are to eat nothing taken from their own catch, they are to be fed with the bread and the fish provided in advance by the Lord. Let the Apostles see and learn again, more graphically than before, that the Lord himself will feed and care for them as his own chosen and called servants. Their one thought is to do his will and his work according to his word; all bodily and temporal cares belong in the Lords hands."
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Do you know what a "rerun" is? (Allow for answers) Yes, a "rerun" is when a TV program is repeated. Reruns are used because there arent as many programs made during a season as the times the show is on. You might not like a rerun if you were looking for a new show, but you might appreciate it if you hadnt seen the show the first time around.
The gospel for today is a kind of "rerun." But it was a really good "rerun." It was the third time the disciples had seen Jesus since He rose from the dead. Sometimes a "rerun" is really "review," like what your teacher does to make sure you understand something really important. Thats what is happening here. There are some really important things that Jesus wants them to remember.
1) His Word causes them to catch a really big number of fish in their nets again. Hes reminding them that He is Lord of everything, even the fish!
2) They get out of the boat and wade to shore and they find a cook-out waiting for them! Jesus has a fire of coals burning with a fish cooking on it. Jesus is reminding them of the two times He fed thousands of people by the power of His Word. He is telling them that He will take care of them and their families in the future as they serve Him. They will work for Him as "fishers of men." They will catch people with the good news of Jesus dying for our sins on the cross and rising again.
3) When they ate with Him once again, He is reminding them of His promise that there is a place waiting for them and all of Gods children in our Heavenly Fathers House. It will be a wedding meal and we will never be hungry or thirsty again. God will take care of everything forever and ever.
Wow! Thats the best "rerun" Ive ever seen! Praise the Lord!
#2: "Easter Gifts"
Rev. Kelly Bedard, B.A., M.Div.
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