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Jesus says, "Come and Dine"

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Message #336

TEXT: John 21:11-14
 
Joni Eareckson Tada said, "When I look at Jesus' warm and intimate friendships, my heart fills with praise that Jesus was a man. A man of flesh-and-blood reality. His heart felt the sting of sympathy. His eyes glowed with tenderness. His arms embraced. His lips smiled. His hands touched. Jesus invites us to relate to Him. And because He is fully man, we can relate to Jesus with affection and love."

As John draws his book to a close, we are again treated to a pedestrian scene involving Jesus and His disciples. The disciples had worked hard all night trying to catch fish. Jesus had come and directed them to receive a miraculous haul. Now, they were sitting on the shore with the Master eating a breakfast that He had prepared. 

Jesus invited them to join Him saying, "Come and dine." As mentioned before, from the middle of the sea, the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus on the shore. Mary at the tomb and the disciples on the road to Emmaus had similar experiences. It is as though they had to look twice in order to see that it was really Jesus. Perhaps, the scars that Jesus had received from His scourging and crucifixion had marred His appearance to the extent that one had to look closely to see that it was really Him.

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