John 19-21 is intense but beautiful as Jesus dies on the cross and ascends to Heaven to be with God, Our Father. He proves to the world that even though He dies, He lives. He gives each of His believers the gift of the Holy Spirit. And, He shows His disciples that even though He is no longer in the world, He comes to us again and again in His own way on His own time. Jesus unites us with God forever,
Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
It doesn't matter how many times I read it and hear. What Jesus does for us is amazing. Because of Him, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, one big family of believers. And not only that, Jesus asks us to talk to each other about our walk with Him.
Poor Peter. I felt sorry for Him as I was reading his conversation with Jesus (John 21:15-25). Jesus puts Peter on the spot three times, questioning Peter's love for Him. Jesus is reminding Peter of his faith, over and over again. Jesus is emphatic that Peter must follow Him. Jesus knows, it's easier said than done for Peter. That's when I realized, I am like that too. Sometimes Jesus has to beat me over the head with it a few times before I really get it. The scripture around this conversation illustrates the fact that our walk with Jesus is unique to who God designs us to be. It can be difficult at times, but Jesus meets us where are, and offers the help and encouragement we need along the way.
I love how the fourth and last gospel ends. John tells us,
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Jesus still does things well. He always will. I know for sure He has worked miracles in my life. What about you? I would love for you to share just one thing Jesus has done for you. What's the first thing that comes to your mind...
A prayer for today-
Thank you for sending Jesus to work miracles in my life and in the lives of those around me. Open my eyes to see Your good work and appreciate it. Give me the courage and the ability to share it for Your glory in Your perfect timing.
In the name of Jesus Christ I pray,
Love of Christ,