Today’s Reading: John 20-21
Key Verse: John 20:19
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
The word, “Jews”, in the Key Verse, denotes Jewish leadership. Jesus speaks “peace” three times to His disciples who were in a state of turmoil and fear. Jesus might have said, “Settle down, we’ve got some practical matters to accomplish in the next 50 days.” After all, Jesus’ followers were very ordinary people. Peter and John came from fishing families. Mary Magdalene was first to the tomb. She didn’t recognize Jesus until he spoke. We need to listen for Jesus. He has something unique to say to each one of us. He had a special message for Peter who had denied knowing Him three times. Three times He asked, “Do you love Me, Peter?” He had a message in the number of fish caught, 153. In Hebrew, each letter has a numerical value. 153 translates into “Ana Elohim: I am God.” The disciples had been to Hebrew school. They would have known exactly what Jesus was communicating. Please read again John 20:31.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, Help me to do that which You told Peter to do in today’s reading, “Feed my sheep,” and “Feed my lambs.” You know that I love You too. And help me, like John, to know my purpose in writing, speaking, and simply living the Gospel before others. May many more believe in You and have life in Your Name. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m simply a student. I’m hoping to learn more about God. In Hebrew, the word “disciple” is “talmudim,” and is what a kindergarten child in Israel is called today. Before moving from the weekly telecasts, Crossroads and Circle Square for children, to the daily telecast, 100 Huntley Street, I was begging God for guidance. I remember the spot on a highway, north of Toronto, where I heard the Lord say my Name, in His still, small voice. He said to me so clearly I could never deny it, “David, I love you!” “Yes Lord,” I said, “What about specific guidance?” Again He said, “David, I love You!” I was so overcome that I had to pull off the road for a long time. The assurance of His love was all I needed. I was simply to go ahead, share my decisions with the Board of Directors for their approval, and His love would keep me on track to do His will.