HOW TO HAVE A MEETING
WITH THE RESURRECTED JESUS
1."After these things, Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on his wise He shewed Himself.
2. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of His disciples.
3. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately, and that night, they caught nothing.
4. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5. Then, Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered Him, No.
6. And He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
7. Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
8. And the other disciples came in a little ship: (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
9. As soon as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
10. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
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 the disciples, after that He was risen from the dead."
We have studied how the Spirit of Truth is to do a great work in the last days, and to bring us closer to the Lord Jesus, by teaching us to abide in Him, and allowing Him to abide in us. This produces His word (rhema) to be in us, and will allow Him to speak through us with words of power and victory.
The Lord then promised that He would MANIFEST Himself to those who loved Him, and were abiding with and in Him. We are at that time, in our Christian experience, that we have learned to abide in Him, and have Him abiding in us. We should also have learned to love and appreciate the Lord in a new way. We are, or should be, anxious to have a manifestation of the Lord to help us in our daily walk.
Note again the promise of Jesus.
"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come unto you (this is happening now, as never before). Yet a little while and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me (this is the abiding presence of the Lord that we see): because I live, ye shall live also. At that day (we are there, in "that day"!!) ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in Me, and I in you . He that hath My commandments (His rhema), and keepeth them (a challenge for us), he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him ."
Jesus illustrates this manifestation meant for all of us in the latter rain revival by a story of His third appearance to the disciples after His resurrection. Seven of His disciples were going fishing, as many of us have been about the work of "fishing for men", and awaiting the appearance of the Lord. While they struggled to do their jobs, and finding it less rewarding than they desired, a voice calls to them: "Have ye any meat?"
We have struggled against the devil, been attacked by him and his forces, and attempted to do the work of the latter rain revival. In all honesty, we too must admit, like the disciples, that we have less than full nets to show for our labors. In these last days, we still need the Lord, and more than ever.
The Lord instructs them to cast their nets on the right side. This is indicative of the place wherein we now find ourselves. The Spirit of Truth is correcting many situations, many doctrines of the church that were in error, many misunderstood portions of Scripture, and getting our lives into the rhema word of truth in new and marvelous ways. We are learning to "Cast the net on the right side."
The Lord was preparing to give the disciples a manifestation of Himself, but as yet they had not recognized Him. And we are in a place of being dealt with by the Spirit of Truth, and have not yet realized the desire of the Lord to fulfill His promise to manifest Himself to us, and we are about to see how He did it for them... so we can enjoy a similar manifestation for ourselves.
We do not want to be "comfortless" (John 14:18), and we need a manifestation of Jesus. We need to have Him reveal Himself in a precious way to us. We need to see Him, feel His presence in a new and vital way. We need to have more revelation of Jesus than ever before, for we are on the edge of a great revival, such as this world has never seen. When the disciples took the step of OBEDIENT FAITH, and cast their nets on the right side, as instructed by the Lord, a great catch of fish filled the nets. John recognized this must be Jesus on the shore... and Peter hurriedly swam ashore to be near to the Lord. The other disciples rowed the boat to shore... and all definitely recognized that they were truly with the Lord.
STEP ONE TO THE MANIFESTATION
IS "CASTING OUR NETS
ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT"
We need to take the step of OBEDIENT FAITH of casting our nets on the right side... We need to start doing this aright, not as we may have been taught, but as the Lord wants us to now. When we do such, we too will find our nets overflowing with fish. We will see a harvest to our ministries in this latter rain revival as never before.
We want such a harvest... but even more than that we want a manifestation of the Lord. The disciples did not even yet finish bringing in the nets, but hurried to shore to be at the feet of Jesus. Some were more hurried than others, but all of them forgot the nets teeming with fish, with their desire to see Jesus being overwhelming!
Are you at that point?. We want ministry, we want a harvest, and we will rejoice at the full "nets" of our efforts... but we should want even more than that to be at the feet of Jesus. We love Him, and desire to be with Him. We need His presence! As we have come to that point now, and the Lord is blessing us with blessed ministry, wonderful revelation, and enjoyable fellowship in our conversations with Him... but we still need that special manifestation that He has promised. So, hurry to shore... hurry to the sound of this familiar voice that we hear. Drop everything and rush to Jesus.
"BREAD" AND "MEAT" AWAIT US AT THIS MANIFESTATION
When they reached shore, they found the Lord near a fire, with fish and bread on the fire. He was prepared for this reunion... and was ready to feed these tired, weary disciples. When we find our manifestation of Jesus, we will find that He will have more bread (Jesus is the Bread of Life) for us to consume... and He will also have MEAT for us to eat. The MEAT is the strengthening, the food of mature ones that gives strength. We need more strength and courage to do the works, and strength to speak the rhema word in this world. This is for now, not for after the rapture (for notice, the nets were not yet brought in with the 153 fish). so as we are still bringing in full nets for the Lord, we are to rush to His presence and receive the manifestation of the Lord that He promised.
Jesus has more bread (sustenance of life), and some meat (food for the mature one, the one needing strength for labor performed, or about to be performed). Bread and meat await us on the fire, the fire by the Lord. We can marvel in His presence, enjoy the manifestation of the Lord in a precious way... while we feast on the food that He has prepared for us.
Notice the words of the Lord as they reached shore, and were just beginning to enjoy the manifestation of the Lord. He said to them: "Come and dine!" Literally, it meant. Come (approach Me) and dine (enjoy a break from your night of fasting, a breakfast)!
Jesus told the Pharisees that His disciples would fast after that they were not with Him... and we have been in a fasting time, of doing without all the nourishment that He can provide... but it is time to 'break the fast'... and dine with the Lord. We need a manifestation of Him, and we need the sustenance and strength that only He can provide us for these last days of bringing in the full nets... Jesus gave them the bread, and He gave them the meat also... and He wants us to have both... The natural fear of speaking His rhema, the natural dread of the trials, persecutions, and demonic attacks need to be faced with the bread and meat of the Lord already consumed. We need the manifestation of Jesus now... not simply in the clouds on rapture day.
(Some have questioned the 153 fish, and what they signify in typology... there are many answers given, and none that I have heard or read satisfy me... not even the one that I stumbled on, for it disputes one of my theories that I had hoped I was right on... For if the 153 fish represent the "catch" of the double portion time, then there are exactly 153 days between the Feast of Unleavened Bread (day after Passover) and Rash Hashanah (1st of Tishri). This would make me right on the day I guess, or figure the "harvest of tares occurs, and wrong on the speculation of when the rapture will occur. At any rate, the 153 fish is still up for debate!)
HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR IN THE LAST DAYS -
THIS IS THE "MEAT" -
WE MUST COME TO THE "PERFECT LOVE"
Jesus knew that the disciples were still filled with fear, and did not fully understand all that had happened... but He had an answer for them. The meat that He gave them was the revelation of how to overcome fear.
John reiterated the illustrated lesson of the Lord by summarizing the truth in I John 4:15-19:
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth our fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us."
Notice that John is speaking the same truths that we have been learning from his gospel... We need to dwell in the Lord, and allow Him to dwell in us... When we dwell in the Lord, His love fills us... and we find in John's gospel that the Lord tells us that the "love" mentioned here is felt by His rhema word that fills us... and continues in us... without measure... as we have learned in the previous lessons.
We need a "perfect love"... to embolden us.. to empower us to do the works of the Lord in these last days without fear. What is this "perfect love". Jesus taught this to the disciples when He was manifesting Himself to them... on the shore... as they ate the bread and the meat. This is the meat of the lesson.
There are many who want this MANIFESTATION of the Lord, and desire to be in the presence of the Lord in a special, unique, and real way. But the Lord teaches us that we must be about His work, toiling for Him, casting our nets out of the right side of the boat, and then reminds us to continue to "feed" His flock in these last, perilous days. It will mean suffering, and sometimes heartache... but we must continue to do our ministry to the flock. If we are so willing... we can have a manifestation of the Lord that others will miss. Are you willing???
It is a blessed ministry... and the Lord will reveal Himself in many different ways.
These ways include:
Sometimes through visions or dreams,
sometimes in that voice of encouragement,
instruction, or guidance that we hear as we simply call His name,
sometimes through the revelation as we read His word,
sometimes through prophetic messages we speak
and listen to as we are uttering them,
and sometimes through personal appearance of the Lord to us!
But these come as we are following His commands, and feeding His flock! Remember John 14:18-21 tells us to know His commandments, and follow them, and this will show that we love Him. He reminds Peter in John 21 to feed the sheep if he loves Him. We too must be aware of the requirement of the Lord to have us care for, tend, and nurture His flock before we will find the manifestations that we desire!