Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “…and they were not able to haul it in”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new heart to follow Him as our living King.  But even in the Bible, most of the journey with Jesus is lived in the moments between miracles.  In this 50-day series, we’ll consider some of those moments leading up to the next great miracle in the New Testament:  the fulfillment of Pentecost and the incredible growth of the Church.

 

We often talk about the Lord meeting our needs, but He sometimes far exceeds our needs.

Remember when He fed the 5,000 in Matthew 14 and the 4,000 in Matthew 15?  And those numbers weren’t even counting the women and children.  Each time He started with just a few fish and loaves of bread, yet fed the thousands and had more food leftover than at first.  He far exceeded their needs.

But why?

Why did He promise to make Abraham exceedingly fruitful, even to make kings come to him?

Why, even in the midst of severe persecution, did He make Israel exceedingly prosperous in Egypt?

Why does Psalm 23 say that He overflows the cup of those who trust in HIm?

Why does Ephesians 1:7-8 say that He lavishes the riches of His grace on His people?

Why does Ephesians 3:20 say that He is able to do far more abundantly than all we can ask or imagine?

Because that’s the kind of King He is.

Revelation 21-22 shows that His greatest bleading for His people is yet to come: enjoying perfect Life with Him, face-to-face, without payment and without end.

The fact that the disciples’ nets did not break implies at least two things:  normally under such conditions they should have, and they didn’t lose a single fish.  What God gives to His people, God secures.  For that’s the nature of His power and His love.

In whatever circumstance the Lord has placed you in today, know that His power and His love are exceedingly rich to do even more than you need.  In His infinite wisdom, He will decide when and how to answer your need.  But you can know that He will do it for your greater faith and joy in Christ Himself.

 

I hope today’s thought and others in this series will be helpful to you as you journey with Jesus in the moments between miracles.

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