Resurrection Enriches - The Living Christ Enriches Us - John 21:12-14  
May 5, 2022, 11:00 AM

12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.  13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.    

You might think that 153 fish was enrichment enough, but Jesus wasn’t interested in the fish. He was interested in the fellowship with His men. They hoped for a few fish, but by the power of God their nets were overflowing. It wasn’t until they could take their eyes off the fish that they realized they had something more important. Fish aren’t as important as people. Our money, our material goods, our jobs, our houses, nor our hobbies are as important. God wants to enrich you this year with a renewed heart for His Kingdom purposes.   

The Apostles were about to embark on a greater mission- to fish for men and women in the renewed power of the Living Lord.   

The resurrection means that we have the alive presence of Christ. By receiving Jesus into our lives, we have an abiding relationship with Him. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He ever lives to make intercession for us at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is able to control circumstances. He changed in an instant what the disciples had been unable to change in an entire night! Don't give up! Learn to trust the power of our Savior.   

Matthew 6:33 says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” The important thing for the Lord is for us to accept His invitation. We are enriched by His presence.  

In John 15:6, Jesus has this to say: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing." Jesus is patient. We struggle and strive, convinced if we just do a little more, just work a little harder, we can accomplish whatever it is that we think needs to be accomplished. As a result, we often end up just like the disciples, returning empty handed. What we can learn from them is that it is the presence of Jesus, His guidance in our lives, which will make our efforts fruitful.   

In promising the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 16:13-14: "he will guide you into all truth.... He will tell you what is to come.... He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you." That is why Paul can say in Romans 8:14: "those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God." God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, will be with you daily through every decision, through every situation, but you have to ask and then follow the guidance you are given.   

The living Lord Jesus is active and powerful to change lives. He desires to enrich us.   

Like the Apostles in the boat, He has a plan for you. He brings meaning to the everyday experiences. He is bringing the Kingdom of God into your world and you can go in the power of the resurrection. He comes to enrich you and your world. 

Application:  Have you accepted the invitation of Jesus for fellowship? 

Prayer:   Lord, I want this kind of fellowship relationship with You.  Enrich my soul through the power of Your Living and Active Holy Word.    

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