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I Corinthians 15:3 ” For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”

That life-changing encounter with Jesus was the start of your journey as a Believer.  You marveled at the grace, mercy, and loving kindness that was extended to you… a sinner that only deserved death.  You became a recipient of the greatest gift ever…the free gift of eternal life.  But for many of us we stop there, never sharing this Good News with others.  We instead hold tightly to this gift refusing to share…desiring to just keep it to ourselves.  But Paul tells us in this verse that first we are a receiver, but then we become a messenger… an ambassador for Christ, telling others about Him.  Paul goes on in I Corinthians 11:2, ” I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”   How can we keep such wonderful, life-changing news to ourselves? The Lord wants us to pass it on to others.  So today, tell someone how Jesus is working in your life.

Matthew 8:27 ” The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him?’ “

Jesus had just rebuked the  storm and now all was peaceful and calm on the Sea of Galilee.  With only a few words, the fierce winds and raging storm had ceased.  But why were His disciples so dumbfounded and astonished at what Jesus had done?   After all, they had been witnessing countless miracles as they traveled with him.  But like us,  when the storm hit their lives personally…they panicked.   When we’re hit broad-side and without warning with the storms of life…we panic.  We suddenly are battered by the winds of anxiety and will succumb under the waves of fear.  It’s then we need to reach out our hands to Jesus for help…for it tells us in Psalm 107:29,  ” He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.”   May the Lord of the universe calm the storm in your life today.

Isaiah 49:6 ” I will also make You a light for the Gentiles, that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus told His Disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)   And for Believers, the Great Commission holds true for us today.  The Lord is the God of salvation and the Gospel message, the Good News of Jesus, is to be brought to the scattered children of God. (John 11:52)  We are to take this light – this truth –  to every man (John 1:9)…for it gives revelation. (Luke 2:32)   God’s plan and purpose is for the Gospel message to be brought to the ends of the earth by the feet of His Believers…for as the truth of His light is spread abroad, darkness must flee.

John 21:1-3 ” Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. ‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’ So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.”

The disciples were being tested and challenged in their faith…Jesus was no longer at their side instructing them, and they were now being forced to depend on what they had learned .  Even though Jesus had told them to,” stay in Jerusalem  and wait for the gift My Father promised.” (Acts 1:4)  Simon Peter reverted back to what he knew and felt confident and comfortable in…fishing.  We always need to be  careful when we go back to things of the past.  And we need to be ever questioning our motives for it.  Is it out of laziness, or insecurity, or consolation that we revert back to past things? One of my very favorite quotes from Oswald Chambers in his Devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest is, “Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been.”

John 11:7-8 ” Then He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’ ‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews tried to stone You, and yet You are going back there?’ “

The disciples thought Jesus was confused and making a mistake for wanting to go back to a place where He had almost been killed.  But where they were coming from was a very incorrect and sorely limited understanding, perception, and interpretation of just who Jesus was and what He could do.  Psalm 18:30 tells us that, “As for God, His way is perfect.”  Nothing that God has done or will ever do is a miscalculation or blunder.  His Will in your life is faultless, flawless, and correct in every detail…and His timing is always perfect.

John 13:37 ” Peter asked, ‘Lord, why can’t I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You.’ “

Jesus had just told the Disciples that where He was going, they could not follow at that time.  But impulsive Peter didn’t want to wait.  Waiting on the Lord can be maddening at times.  We think we know what to do…and so impatiently we attempt to steer the ship in that direction…only to do more harm than good.  When God says, “Not now,” we need to be able to rest in it, knowing that His timing is perfect.  And while we wait…we should strive to find delight in the delay and praise in the postponement…for it’s a chance to learn firsthand what patience and perseverance are all about.

John 21:22 “…What is that to you? You must follow Me.”

For Simon Peter, he had come full circle from that first encounter with Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  He and his brother, Andrew,  were fishing when this stranger approached them and declared, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)  Now three years later, following Jesus’ death and resurrection and  Peter’s denial of Him…Peter has been restored and re-commissioned.  “Follow Me,”  is fellowship of faith and life with our Savior…it’s both inner fellowship of trust and confidence, and outer fellowship of becoming more like Him daily.  “Follow Me,” ultimately  means counting the cost and determining it’s all worth it.