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"Come and have breakfast"

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-04-04 (수) 08:33 조회 : 166
설교일 : 2018.04.01
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
본문말씀 : John 21:1-14

April 1, 2018

 

“Come and have breakfast”

John 21:1-14

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

I had been meditating on this passage for my Easter Sunday sermon for the past few weeks, but during last weekend’s Revival, Prof. Duk Joo Lee, our Revival speaker, delivered a sermon based on the same passage. So, I was trying to find another passage for my Easter sermon, but was not successful, until I got my answer during my prayers. A question came to me while I was praying, “Do you believe in the Resurrection?” “Yes, Lord, I believe.” “Then, share with them what the resurrection means to you personally.” From that moment on, I began to meditate on this passage again, and here is today’s sermon.

 

Easter comes every year, even if we forget about it and do nothing to welcome the day. It has become one of the most important customary events of the church, and sometimes we take it for granted. 

 

In Korea, residents have to pay visits to their local substation often to receive their certificate of residence documents or to notify their change of addresses, and so on. It is customary for the clerk to ask the first question, “Are you the person himself?” One day a man came into office and said to the clerk, “Hello, I am here for a declaration of death.” The clerk’s usual question was, “Are you the deceased person himself?”

 

Among all the things one can do in the world, one thing one cannot do is to declare one’s own death, as death is the end for that person, no matter what kind of person he or she may have been while alive. That is the reason why everyone is afraid of death and does everything possible to prevent dying. But Lord Jesus is the only one that died but was resurrected, having conquered the power of death. There was nothing He couldn’t do.

 

Therefore, the first meaning of Easter for me personally is the omnipotence of Jesus. No matter how difficult the task is, Lord Jesus can do it. Even when everyone says it is over, we can still begin it again in Jesus Christ. The Lord makes everything possible, so there is nothing impossible in the Lord. That is the reason why Apostle Paul declared in a jail in Rome, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” The resurrected Jesus gives us strength and confidence, so that we can challenge things and fight for what we believe in until the end, without ever giving up.

 

The second meaning of Easter for me is that He is a man who keeps His promises. He had promised before His death, “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee” (Matthew 26:32). And He kept His promises. We can trust Him to keep His promises even after we break our promises. His faithfulness reassures us and keeps us from worries and fears. As He promised our own resurrections as well as His own, we are not afraid of our death.

 

But, Jesus knew that His disciples were weak, so He didn’t ascend to heaven right after His resurrection. He wanted to convince His followers of the fact that He had been resurrected, but the Bible says that His disciples didn’t believe it with consistency. Mary’s report about Jesus being alive was heard, but they didn’t believe it. Jesus appeared to two of His followers on the road to Emmaus and the two men reported to the disciples, but they did not believe them either. After personally appearing before His disciples and seeing them still not believing, He even ate a piece of fish with them.

 

Now, today’s passage is Lord Jesus appearing at the lake in Galilee. What were His disciples doing at that time? They were fishing in the lake, instead of being the fishers of men, as their Lord had made them. And, they were not doing good job even in fishing. They worked hard all night long without catching any fish … and Jesus was watching from shore. Then, He came out to help those who had fallen short of His expectations, had broken their promises with Him and had not believed His resurrection previous times. After following His advice, the disciples caught such large number of fish that they couldn’t haul the net in. And that was not all that Jesus did for them.

 

Knowing that they were exhausted and hungry, He started the fire and cooked fish on it and had some bread also for them. The disciples must have felt really glad and grateful, but they also felt ashamed and self-conscious. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” He didn’t need any more fish, but He wanted to make them feel at ease. Then, Jesus said, “Come and have breakfast.” How touched and thankful they must have felt at the invitation to a warm breakfast prepared by the Lord! Their hearts and minds were also warmed by His love and consideration for them. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish (John 21:13).

 

Our resurrected Lord is such a caring man; He comes to help us, when we are wavering in our faith, when we are frustrated and exhausted in our own efforts, when we are suffering alone, having forgotten the grace that He had bestowed upon us. Then, He encourages us with His words of “I know what you are going through” and with His provisions of food, “Eat and become strong!”

 

I really like this aspect of Jesus who prepares us the breakfast and am truly thankful for Him. I can do anything and overcome any obstacles, by having Jesus to back me up. When I am down with exhaustion, He comes and feeds me fish and bread, so that I can go on to be strong and courageous until the end.

 

When we face disappointments and failures after having tried to do things in our own ways, and when we have forgotten the promise of God and the omnipotence of God, let us remember the invitation of Jesus, “Come and have breakfast with me”. Then, as the people of Resurrected Jesus, we will certainly be victorious in all the things we do until the end of times.

 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone.

Because I know He holds the future, life is worth living, just because He lives.

 

 

 


   

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제목 : The Grace of Restoration
설교일 : 2018.07.15
본문말씀 : Acts 4:5-12
설교자 : Rev. Sei Hwan Kim
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