TEXT: John 21:11-14:
11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 366.
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.
But now, with this invitation, “Come and dine,” the disciples know for sure that it is the Lord. John says, “None of the disciples dared ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.” They knew that Jesus was the only Rabbi who would kneel on the ground and prepare a meal for His disciples with His own hands and invite them to eat it with Him. They had seen this type of divine humility only in Jesus before. They remembered what Jesus had taught them — that God had sent His own Son to invite men to escape eternal punishment and receive eternal life from God. God could have demanded that men grovel in the ground and beg for mercy. Instead, He himself became flesh, took on the form of a servant and dwelt among us.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Three ‘invitations’ stand out in John’s Gospel: ‘Come and see,’ ‘Come and drink,’ and ‘Come and dine.’ How loving of Jesus to feed [the disciples] before He dealt with their spiritual needs. He gave them the opportunity to dry off, get warm, satisfy their hunger, and enjoy personal fellowship. Certainly, the spiritual is more important than the physical, but caring for the physical can prepare the way for spiritual ministry. Our Lord does not so emphasize ‘the soul’ that He neglects the body.”
Verse 14 tells us that “Jesus then cometh [personally], and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” Jesus “fixed the plates” of His disciples; He personally served out their food. This must have reminded them of how He had personally washed their feet after the Last Supper just a few days or weeks prior. This time, however, notice there was no protest from Peter or any of the disciples. They were starting to learn, to recognize the ways of Jesus. They meekly received the service that Jesus offered them.
“Come and dine.” Jesus, today, is still extending this invitation to those who are weary, tired, and sick after long nights of being tossed on the Sea of Sin. Perhaps, you, like the disciples, have spent many dark nights of the soul toiling for your own redemption. You’ve given to charity, you’ve volunteered your time, you’ve attended church, you’ve gone and asked forgiveness of those whom you have wronged. Yet, like the disciples, you’ve come up empty. You have nothing to show for your labors. Jesus says to you, “Come and dine. Leave the Sea of Sin; come to the Shore of Salvation.” Jesus has done all the work. He offers you forgiveness of sin, escape from everlasting damnation, and eternal life with God. All you have to do is receive it.
Charles B. Widmeyer wrote:
Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!
The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.
Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally.
Will you accept Jesus’ invitation to fill your hungry soul? Come and dine at the table of the Savior today by receiving the work He did on the cross for you.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.