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This is the last of His Miracles, Power Against Nature. Yes, we've seen it happen once before, but this time, well....It's special. Maybe you'll understand why, after you've read it, it's special.
ANOTHER LARGE CATCH OF FISH: John 21:1-14:
Something happened before this incident, that makes this stand out. After this incident Jesus appeared to his disciples a couple of times before. Read to the very end, to know what I'm speaking o here.
Jesus had appeared to his disciples again at the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's sons, and two others were together. Simon told them that he was going fishing.
"We'll go with you," they said. They set out in the boat, but throughout the night, they didn't catch a thing. The next morning, Jesus stood on the shoe, but the disciples didn't know that it was him.
He called out to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat?" They replied to him, "No." He said, "Cast your net out on the right side of your boat, and you will find some."
They did as he said, and there were so many fish that they couldn't haul in the net. That's when the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!" Peter wrapped his coat around himself (he was naked) and jumped into the water, when he heard it was the Lord. The other disciples followed along in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were only about one hundred yards from shore.
After they landed, they saw a fire, with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you've caught." Peter got up and pulled the net to shore. It was full (one hundred and fifty three) of large fish. And yet the net hadn't torn with that many fish. Jesus said, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples could bring themselves to ask, "Who are you?" They knew that it was the Lord. Jesus took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
This stand's out because it was AFTER the resurrection. A very powerful showing of his power against nature. The writing above is listed in the Bible as: Jesus appears again to his disciples.
After this incident, Jesus asked Peter a question, three times. The question was Do you love me.
It went like this:
Jesus and Peter:
The first time he asked the question was when they finished eating: Jesus asked Simon (Peter), Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
He replied "Yes, Lord, you know I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." Jesus asked a second time, Simon son of John do you love me?"
Simon again said, "Yes Lord, you know I love you." Jesus replied, "Take care of my sheep." He asked a third time, Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was upset that Jesus asked him a third time. He said, "Lord you know everything; you know I love you."
Jesus said, Feed my sheep. I assure you than when you were younger, you were able to tie your own belt and walked wherever you wanted. When you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and another will tie your belt and lead you where you won't (don't) want to go. He then said this is to show the kind of death by which you Peter would glorify God. After saying this, Jesus told Peter, "Follow me."
Peter noticed, upon turning around, that the disciple Jesus loved was following them. This was the disciple that leaned his head on Jesus at the meal (The last supper). The one who asked "Lord, who is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, "Lord what about him?"
Jesus said, "If I want him to remain until I come, what difference does that make to you? You mus follow me."
I know, I added to the story, but...I believe this part should have been told too.
Copyright © Eloise Dunn April 27, 2017
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I don't know what I'll be doing next, after this. I'm thinking on something concerning Revelation, but again, I'm just not sure. We shall see later. Here we go now:
Fig Tree Withered: Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11;11-14; 20:26:
I recently wrote something about this in His Life Series.
It was early in the morning as Jesus was returning to the city, where he was staying, and he was hungry. He saw a fig tree by the road, but when he got to it, he didn't find any of the fruit, just the leaves. He then said to it, "You'll never bear fruit again!" The fig tree dried up right then.
The disciples were amazed, when they saw it. They asked, "How did the fig tree dry up so fast?"
Jesus said, "I assure you, if you have faith and don't doubt, you will do what was done to the fig tree. Not only that, you will say to this mountain, "Be lifted and thrown in to the lake, and it will happen." If you have faith, you will receive what you pray for.
All you need is faith, faith the size of a mustard seed.
Large Catch of Fish: Luke 5:1-11:
This is when Jesus calls His disciples .
One day Jesus was by Lake Gennesaret when a crow of people gathered around him to hear God's word. Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had come ashore and were washing their nets. Jesus climbed aboard one of the boats, which belonged to Simon (Peter), and asked him to row out a little way from the shore. Jesus sat down and started teaching the crowd from the boat. He finished speaking to the crow, and told Simon, "Row out further, in to the deep water, then drop your nets for a catch."
Simon stated, "Mater, we've worked hard all night and didn't catch anything. But because you say, I'll drop the nets."
After dropping the nets, their catch was so huge that the nets were splitting. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats so full that the boats were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw the catch, he fell to Jesus knees ans said, "Leave me, Lord, for I'm a sinner!" Peter and those with him were amazed at the number of fish that were caught. James and John, Zebedee's son, the partners of Simon were amazed too.
Jesus spoke to Simon, "Don't be afraid. From here on, you will be fisher's of man. As soon as they came to shore, they left everything, and followed Jesus.
Water Turned Into Wine: John 2:1-11:
There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus' mother was at the wedding. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, Jesus mother told him, "They don't have any more wine."
Jesus said, "Woman, what does that have to do with me? My time has not yet come."
His mother spoke to the servants saying, "Do whatever he tells you." There were six water jars, made of stone, used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each could hold about twenty or thirty gallons of water.
Jesus told the servants, "Fill the jars with water," and they were filled to the brim. The he told them, "Now draw some (water) from the jars and take it to the headwaiter," which they did. The headwaiter took a taste of the water that had turned to wine He didn't know where it came from, though the servants knew.
The headwaiter called the groom and said, "Everyone serves the good wine first. Then they bring out the second-rate wine, after the guests start drinking freely. You kept the good wine until last."
This was the first miracle that Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He revealed himself (His glory) and his disciples believed in him.
There is only one story left. I could have done it today, but.. Well it's a stand-alone story, it may be short, but it will also be sweet. So until tomorrow....God Bless!
Copyright © Eloise Dunn April 26,2017
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Posted On 04/26/2017 16:24:39
April 26, 2017
It appears that Christians may forget Christ! There would be no need for this loving exhortation if there were not a fearful possibility that our memories might prove treacherous. Nor is this an empty notion: It is, sadly too well confirmed in our experience, not as a possibility, but as a lamentable fact. It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb and loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God could forget that gracious Savior; but if startling to the ear, sadly it is too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the crime. Forget Him who never forgot us! Forget Him who poured His blood out for our sins! Forget Him who loved us even to death! Can it be possible? Yes, it is not only possible, but conscience confesses that it is too sadly a fault with all of us that we treat Him as a stranger, like an overnight guest. Instead of Him being a permanent resident in our memories, we treat Him as a visitor. The cross where one would expect that memory would linger and disinterest would be an unknown intruder is desecrated by the feet of forgetfulness.
Doesn't your conscience say that this is true? Don't you find yourselves forgetful of Jesus? Some other love steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of Him upon whom your affection ought to be set. Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you ought to be fixed steadily upon the cross. It is the incessant turmoil of the world, the constant attraction of earthly things, that takes the soul away from Christ. While memory works to preserve a poisonous weed, it allows the rose of Sharon to wither. Let us charge ourselves to tie a heavenly forget-me-not around our hearts for Jesus our Beloved, and whatever else we let slip, let us hold tight to Him.
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More on HIS POWER WITH NATURE:
Feeding the 5,000: Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15.
It was after the apostles returned to Jesus and told him of all they had done and taught.
Many people were coming in and going out, so there really wasn't time to eat. He told his apostles, "Come by yourselves to a place that is secluded and rest a while." They left in a boat by themselves to a deserted place.
All the people saw them leaving,so they ran ahead from all the cities and arrived to the secluded area before them. When Jesus arrived and saw all the people, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep with no shepherd. He then began to teach them.
Later in the day, his disciples came to him, saying, "This place is isolate, and it's already lat in the day. Send them away so that they may go to the surrounding countryside and villages to buy something to eat for themselves." Jesus replied, "You can give them something to eat."
But they said, "Should we go and buy bread worth eight months' pay and give it to them to eat?" He asked, "How much bread do you have? After checking, thy said, "Five loaves of bread and two fish."
He had the disciples seat all the people in groups as if they were having a banquet. They sat down in groups of hundreds and in fifties. He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up toward heaven, blessed them, broke the loves into pieces, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He then divided the two fish among them all. Everyone ate until they were full. Then they filled twelve baskets with leftover pieces of bread and fish. Around five thousand had eaten.
The Feeding of 4,000: Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 8:1-10:
And in those days, another large crowd had nothing to eat. Jesus called his disciples and said to them, "I feel sorry for them because they have been with me for three days, and have not had anything to eat. If I end them away hungry to their homes, they won't have strength enough to travel, for some of them have come from a long distance."
His disciples said, "How can anyone get enough food, to satisfy these people, in this wilderness? Jesus asked them, "How much bread do you have?" They said "Seven loaves."
He had the crowd sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks, broke the bread apart, and gave it to his disciples to pass around. They gave the bread to the crowd of people. They also had fish. Jesus said a blessing over them, then gave them to the disciples to pass out too. They ate until they were full. Seven baskets were collected full of leftovers. This was a crowd of four thousand people! Jesus sent them on their way, then got into a boat with his disciples and went over to the region of Dalmanutha.
Coin in Fish: Matthew 17:24-27:
Taxes! It seems as if we can never escape them! Even Jesus paid taxes.
When Jesus and the disciples went to Capernaum, he people who collected the temple tax ( half-shekel) came to Peter and asked, "Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?" Peter said, "Yes."
When they came in to the temple house, Jesus spoke to Peter first. "What do you think Simon? Who do earthly kings collect taxes from, from their children or from strangers?" Peter said, "From strangers."
Then Jesus said to him, "Then the children don't have to pay. But so we don't offend them, go to the lake, throw out a fishing line, and hook, and take the first fish you catch. When you open its mouth, you'll find a shekel coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us."
It would be nice, if we could pay our taxes, the way our Lord did. But it was a Miracle that happened in His time.
Done for today!
Copyright © Eloise Dunn April 25, 2017
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Posted On 04/25/2017 15:56:38
April 25, 2017
I hear the voice of my Beloved! He speaks to me! Fair weather is smiling upon the face of the earth, and He does not want me to be spiritually asleep while nature is all around me awaking from her winter's rest. He bids me "Arise," as well He might, for I have been lying long enough among the weeds of worldliness. He is risen, and I am risen in Him; so why should I still cleave to the dust? From lower loves, desires, pursuits, and aspirations, I want to rise to Him.
He calls me by the sweet title "my love" and counts me "beautiful"; this is a good argument for my rising. If He has exalted me and thinks me fair, how can I linger in the tents of wickedness and make my friends in the wrong company? He bids me "Come away"; further and further from everything selfish, groveling, worldly, sinful, He calls me; yes, from the outwardly religious world that doesn't know Him and has no sympathy with the mystery of godliness. "Come away" has no harsh sound to my ear, and what is there to hold me in this wilderness of vanity and sin?
My Lord, I want desperately to come away, but I am held among the thorns and cannot escape from them as I wish. I would, if it were possible, close my eyes and ears and heart to sin. You call me to Yourself by saying, "Come away," and this is indeed a melodious call. To come to You is to come home from exile, to reach the shore out of the raging storm, to finally rest after hard labor, to reach the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes.
But, Lord, how can a stone rise; how can a lump of clay come away from the horrible pit? Please raise me; draw me by Your grace. Send Your Holy Spirit to kindle sacred flames of love in my heart, and I will continue to rise until one day I will leave life and time behind me and come away indeed.
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It appears that a lot of Miracles, performed by Jesus, had to do with His healing's. I've found a site, that has the verses separated, so that I've got a list that mentions the Miracles that were not healings....Though the list is short, I'm sure that that all of them are listed, so here we go!
These Miracles are known as Power Over Nature:
Calming the storm: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25:
This happened after Jesus called his disciples to him:
They followed him, and when he got into a boat, his disciples followed him...There was a huge storm brewing on the lake (sea?), and the waves were sloshing over the boat. Jesus, though, was asleep. The disciples were afraid, and woke him, saying, "Lord save us! We're going to drown!"
He asked them, "Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?" Then he stood up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm. Just a few words, was all he needed to say. I like to think these words word calm the storm of anyone's soul, let alone the water in the lake. "Peace be still!"
The people were surprised and said, "What kind of person is this? Even the winds obey him!"
Walking on water: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:16-21:
This is one of my favorite stories of the Bible:
Evening came, and Jesus' disciples went down to the lake. Jesus told them to get into the boat, then said goodbye to the crowd and went up in to the mountain to pray.
They got into a boat and were crossing the lake at Capernaum. It was getting dark and Jesus had not gotten to them yet. The water was getting rough, due to the strong wind.
When the wind had caused the boat to drift about three or four miles out, he saw his disciples struggling. When they saw Jesus walking on the water, early in the morning. He was approaching the boat, and was planning to pass them. The disciples were afraid of what they were seeing. He called out to them, it's me, you don't need to be afraid. They thought he was a ghost and they screamed. Seeing him walking on the water terrified all of them.
Just then he spoke, saying, Be encouraged! It's me. Don't be afraid. Peter called out, "Lord, if it's you, order me to come to you on the water." Jesus replied, "Come."
Peter then got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he became frightened and began to sink. As he was sinking, he called out, "Lord save me!"
Jesus reached out and grabbed him, saying, "You are a man of weak faith! Why did you have doubts? When they got into the boat, the wind calmed down.
Then those who were in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, "You are God's Son!"
Copyright © Eloise Dunn April 24, 2017
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Posted On 04/24/2017 16:09:59
April 24, 2017
There are many occasions in our experience when we may very rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new lease of years added to our life, we may do so appropriately. After any deliverance from trouble, when our joys spring forth anew, let us again visit the foot of the cross and renew our consecration. Especially let us do this after any sin that has grieved the Holy Spirit or brought dishonor upon the cause of God; let us then look to that blood that can make us whiter than snow and again offer ourselves to the Lord.
We should not only let our troubles confirm our dedication to God, but our prosperity should do the same. If we ever meet with occasions that deserve to be called "crowning mercies," then surely, if He has crowned us, we ought also to crown our God; let us bring out again all the jewels of the divine regalia that have been stored in the jewel-closet of our heart, and let our God sit upon the throne of our love, arrayed in royal apparel. If we could learn to profit by our prosperity, we would not need to face so much adversity. If we would gather from a kiss all the good it might confer upon us, we would not have to bear the imprint of punishment so often.
Have we recently received some blessing that we hadn't expected? Has the Lord opened our way? Can we sing of mercies multiplied? Then this is the day to put our hand upon the horns of the altar and say, "Bind me here, my God; bind me here with cords, even forever." Just as we need the fulfillment of new promises from God, let us offer renewed prayers that our old vows may not be dishonored. This morning let us make with Him a firm covenant because of the sacrifice of Jesus that we have been considering with gratitude for the last month.
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