Summary: Easter 2(C) - Disciples see, know, and confess: It is the Lord! Believers learn how Christ constantly cares and Jesus powerfully provides.
“IT IS THE LORD!” (Outline)
April 19, 2009 --
EASTER 2 --
INTRO: Last week we heard the words, “He is not here. He is risen!” Those exciting words echoed in the empty tomb. Today’s words of testimony echo over Galilee. “It is the Lord!” John tells these words to Peter. Peter jumps in the water. “It is the Lord!” Only by God’s grace can anyone confess “it is the Lord”. "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him"(1 JOHN 4:15,16). Today you and I and every believer live in the love of God who provided his Son as the Savior for all mankind. Today with Peter, John, the other apostles, and believers throughout the world we confess:
“IT IS THE LORD!”
I. Christ constantly cares.
II. Jesus powerfully provides.
I. CHRIST CONSTANTLY CARES
A. Verse 14. This last verse of our text provides an important timeline. Jesus appears the third time.
1. Jesus did appear to his disciples, the women, and others to prove his resurrection.
2. Verse 1. Jesus appears at the Sea of Tiberias, better known as the Sea of Galilee.
3. Verse 2. Here is a list of the disciples present. These are the ones more interested in fishing.
B. The disciples are returning to normal activities. The disciples go out with Peter to fish, verse 3.
1. They caught nothing. Verse 4. Still not yet quite daylight. They are a far ways off.
2. The disciples do not recognize Jesus. Jesus asks about their catch, verse 5.
C. Jesus constantly cares for his disciples. Jesus appeared in the upper room. Jesus shows himself here.
D. At times we might forget the constant care our loving Lord showers on every day. The Lord causes his rain to fall on the just and the unjust. The Lord God Almighty constantly cares for the world he has created. Our heavenly Father also constantly cares for every believer with an infinite care and concern. The world around us cannot really guarantee anything. Our loving Lord does not want us to worry about anything. But how often we needlessly worry about too many minor things of this world. We need not worry because our God cares for us. Our God knows us intimately. "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows"(LUKE 12:7).
E. We are not concerned about the numbers of hairs on our heads. But our heavenly Father knows even this most insignificant detail. Since God is so concerned about every single hair you can rest assured that our loving Lord is even more concerned about those things that really matter. "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always gener-ous and lend freely; their children will be blessed" (PSALM 37:25,26). The believer knows the Lord’s love. You know and see the Lord’s constant care. Each of us has experienced that Lord’s generosity. We are the worst of sinners. By grace the Lord God freely forgives all our sins. We turn against God. God hides our sins and remembers them no more. We betray our Savior with our sinful thoughts, words, and actions. In love God tosses all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. What is our reaction to God’s great grace and constant care? “It is the Lord! It is the Lord!”
F. It is only by God’s grace that we know “it is the Lord”. It is only be God’s grace that we can confess “It is the Lord”. As God provides for us we realize that he removes every burden from our shoulders. We believe our gracious God constantly cares for us. This means that we do not have to be constantly concerned about what we are going to eat and drink. After all, this is what the pagans are always chasing after. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (MATTHEW 6:33). Whenever you are busy seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness the Lord God takes your mind off of worry. Our Lord God provides – always has, always does and always will.
“IT IS THE LORD!” Christ constantly cares for us day in, day out, year after year, every generation.
II. JESUS POWERFULLY PROVIDES
A. Verse 5. Do you have any fish? “No”. They had fished all night. They were ready to be done.
1. Verse 6. Jesus tells them to keep on fishing. Note that the disciples did as Jesus told them.