As believers the Word of God is one source for encountering and growing in intimacy with God. Everyday there is opportunity to glean a bible thought for the day. Let’s dive into John 21 to encounter Jesus visiting the disciples after His resurrection.
“Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered. He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’” (John 21:4-6)
#1 Bible Thought For The Day: Jesus wants to meet our practical needs.
Jesus cares about what we need. His care is evident in the way He chose to spend the short amount of time He spent on earth after the resurrection. Jesus could have done anything, but He went down to the Sea of Galilee where He knew He would find his friends. Consider the traumatic events the disciples had experienced in the last few days. Their world had just been crushed, or so they thought, and they had returned to doing what was familiar. Jesus, as He always does, met them where they were and ministered to their needs. They had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. Jesus met their need for provision by providing the large catch and then He cooked them breakfast.
#2 Bible Thought For The Day: Jesus calls us friends.
Jesus calls out to His friends. Jesus is still calling out to His friends today, except we are the friends He is calling out to today. To approach relationship with Jesus as a friend it is important to understand the revelation that we have been given access to Him as a friend through His sacrifice on the cross!
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord.” (John 21:12)
#3 Bible Thought For The Day: Jesus was inviting the disciples to be nourished in His presence.
Upon Jesus’ return He could have gone to the synagogues to preach to the crowds and heal the sick, but instead He invited His friends to have breakfast. Jesus’ focus wasn’t vindication, avenging Himself, or clearing His name. His focus was on intimacy and connection with friends. He wasn’t trying to prove Himself to the world. He was prioritizing what was most important!
#4 Bible Thought For The Day: Jesus is extending the same invitation to us today.
Two thousand years later Jesus is still prioritizing relationship. The invitation that He extended to the disciples that day on the shore is being extended all of humanity right now, in this very moment. What will you choose? Will you choose to jump out the proverbial boat like Peter did and swim to whatever the shore may look like in your life? Will you pursue intimacy with Jesus as His friend? He’s willing and waiting!
#5 Bible Thought For The Day: Encountering Jesus transforms our lives if we let it.
In Luke 5 we see Jesus’ first encounter with Simon (Peter) instructing him to “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch”. Simon initially responds to Jesus with unbelief, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Three years later when Jesus makes the same request Peter simply obeyed. Peter’s response changed because he had encountered Jesus and those encounters led to the transformation of his heart. Encountering Jesus can transform our hearts too!
Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that the Word of God is “living and active”. Every time we spend time reading the Word of God we are encountering the living and active presence of God. It is not presumptuous to expect to experience a bible thought for the day every day!
What bible thought for the day speaks to your heart? Do you need to let down your proverbial net on the other side of the boat? Do you need to jump out of the boat and swim towards Jesus? Do you need nourishment similar to the disciples’ breakfast on the shore with Jesus? Be encouraged that Jesus has a bible thought for the day just for you!