Gleans from Monday Bible Study with Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
DLBC Gbagada, Lagos HQ
19th November 2018
Study 67 – ANOTHER INFALLIBLE PROOF OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION
John 21:1-11; Matthew 27:52-53; 28:1-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:1-3; 10:39-43.
Already we have studied about the resurrection of Jesus Christ as recorded in the word of God. This Gospel according to St John gave much time to appearances of Jesus Christ after His resurrection, to make everyone to be sure and certain that this is a real experience, proved beyond any doubt that the Post Resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ as detailed in these gospels were real. “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Matthew 27:52-53). Jesus rose up from the dead, and many of the dead saints as well rose with Him and appeared to many in Jerusalem. Even the Angel announced and proclaimed that our Lord Jesus Christ was risen from the dead, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you” (Matthew 28:7). The guards affirmed it for they went and told the chief priests, but they and the elders bribed them with large amounts of money to say His disciples came and stole Him away (Matthew 28:11-15). These are the infallible proofs that Christ rose from the dead. The Resurrection of Christ was not hidden event, it was a historical fact attested to and proved beyond any shadow of doubt. More than five hundred brethren saw Him all at once, “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:6). Christ is Risen!
These infallible proofs of Christ’s Resurrection made the apostles confident, courageous, fearless, steadfast, to bring many converts to salvation in Christ and to prepare saints for glory in Heaven. It is through this Resurrection of Christ that we have salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation with God.
Point 1. THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRIFTING FROM THE REVEALED COMMISSION
John 21:1-5; 20:19-21; 17:17,18; Luke 9:59-62; Galatians 2:18; Leviticus 26:20,23,24; Micah 6:3,9; Psalms 119:59,60
“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” (John 21:3). Peter, together with seven other disciples, drifted from the Commission that Christ had given them went fishing and as a consequence of their drifting, they caught nothing. In His post resurrection appearances, Christ gave them the commission to go and preach the gospel, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). So when Peter said that I go a fishing, he was abandoning, forsaking and drifting away from the revealed commission. Yet this commission was not new to them; before and after His death, Christ had revealed the commission and reminded them even in His prayers, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” (John 17:18). They had no excuse, not being ignorant of the commission. Peter and the other disciples had forsaken their nets to follow Christ and preach the gospel and the Lord had reaffirmed their calling and commission. The step they took at this time was sin against the Light and their conviction of what the Lord had given them.
Peter was guilty (1) personally, because he disobeyed the Lord’s Great Commission. (2) He was doubly guilty because he influenced the seven other disciples to abandon their conviction. They were all thoughtlessly disobedient to the Commission. If you drift or backslide because other people are drifting, you don’t have a mind of your own.
The seven disciples were guilty because they did not remind, restrain, recover, recharge and rebuke Peter. His spiritual battery was down and they did not help him recharge it or rebuke him. They were all guilty, and they caught nothing. Were it not for the mercy of God that Christ came to restore them, they would have gone through life with nothing. If they passed to eternity in that condition, nothing would have been recorded against their names. “And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father” (Luke 9:51). ‘Me first’; that is the nature of those who drift. They are not thinking of the joy of the resurrection of Christ. Any time somebody looks back and abandons his duty post it is because of self-centerdness; no man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Peter and the seven disciples worked contrary to the call and commission that Christ had given them, that was why they caught nothing. They walked contrary to the desires of the risen Christ. “The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it” (Micah 6:9). That vain night and wasted activity, that was the rod. Check your life; are things going contrary, slipping away from you? The success and joy you ought to have, it appears that you are catching and in-between your hands they are slipping away. Hear the rod, there is a reason behind all these. You used to be healthy and very strong, but now you are frequently falling sick, hear the rod. You must recollect and find out what’s happening, and do what is right and the Lord will recover you in Jesus Name. Think and consider your ways (Psalms 119:59,60). If there is a Peter around you there, help him, rebuke, remind, recover and restore him. Don’t be so afraid of a fellow minister, brother or worker that you saw drifting away, that instead of rebuking and recovering them, you are following them to drift away too; no, you are to rebuke and recover them. We will do it.
Point 2. THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE DIRECTIVES OF THE RISEN CHRIST
John 21:6-11; Luke 5:4-6,9-11; Matthew 28:20; Mark 7:7-9; Luke 6:46-49; John 21:2-3; 20:28; Luke 12:47,48; Philippians 2:5,12-16
“Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord” (John 21:7a). He had found them out even though they had disappointed Him. “As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread” (John 21:9). They had nothing, but Jesus Christ, the Risen Christ had provided fish and bread for them, not from their 153 catch of fishes – the result of their obedience and compliance to the word of Christ. What Christ did here was to remind them of what happened at the beginning of their calling. Never forget what happened at the time of your conversion. The consecration, everything you laid on the altar, the very first day or year you met the Lord; the consecration and all the things you abandoned to follow the Lord. “And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5). Before he met the Lord, he was a failure; had toiled all the night and caught nothing. Now he had met the Lord, been sent out with others to go and preach the gospel and heal the sick. Also, he had seen the risen Christ with the nail prints. But now he drifted, caught nothing and was back to zero.
They had seen Christ, been with Him, saved as disciples, prayed for by Christ to be sanctified; they knew about Resurrection of Christ, had the revelation and visitation by the Risen Christ but working contrary to Christ, they caught nothing. Are you saved and sanctified? Don’t work contrary to Christ, you will catch nothing. Be thoughtful, remind yourself every time of the words of God you are hearing, because if after hearing about and experienced Christ you drift and turn away from Him, He too will walk contrary to you. If Christ had left them to their own devices, they would have amounted to nothing at the end of life. Christ commanded and eventually, they responded promptly, and we see their commitment to the directive of Christ. Today the Risen Lord commands and calls us away from unassigned labour taking us away from heavenly assignment. He had a higher assignment for Peter and those disciples; settling for toys instead of seeking for treasures of heaven, they will waste their precious lives. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). This is the assignment given to us by the Lord. Drifting away from this you will waste away and catch nothing. These disciples recovered themselves and were restored.
“There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 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” (John 21:2-3). In this list, you will see Thomas who in the previous chapter (John 20:28) proclaimed Jesus, my Lord and my GOD, having believed the Lord is risen after his initial doubt. If we follow after drifters and abandon the work of God, in vain we will be worshiping the Lord. Why are we always coming to the Bible Studies, and we like Thomas confess, my Lord and my God, and yet soon after we are not obeying Him? “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Pray that your spiritual house will not collapse (Luke 6:49). The servant, worker, minister and pastor that knows the Master’s Will and does nothing shall be beaten with many stripes (Luke 12:47,48). The labour of Christ and the teachers of the word of God over us will not be in vain in Jesus Name (Philippians 2:16).
Point 3. THE COMPENSATION FOR DEVOTION TO THE REIGNING CHRIST
John 21:6,11; Matthew 8:9; John 2:5; Acts 4:18-20; 5:28-29; James 1:22-25; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:22; 5:2-5,18; Zechariah 2:5,7-8; Isaiah 52:1-2
The risen Christ wants to reign over every one of His disciples. And when we allow Him and speedily and promptly follow after His command, He gives compensation. The Risen Christ is the Reigning Lord, and has authority over every believer; voluntarily, each believer ought to submit to His Sovereignty without delay or reservation. He spoke directly to His disciples; and today He speaks through His word and appointed servants and we ought to obey promptly and faithfully, then shall we be compensated. Their prompt obedience was rewarded and they had an indisputable manifestation of Christ’s righteousness and power. Obedience to the reigning and ruling Christ is commendable, profitable and rewardable.
“For I am a man under authority…” (Matthew 8:9). This should be our attitude as disciples under the authority of the risen Christ who is King of kings and Lord of lords. “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5). He has the right as the reigning and ruling Christ and whatsoever He says, we should do. As you obey the Lord, the blessings of obedience will come upon your life in Jesus Name. Obey the Lord, and that wicked one will not be able to touch (1 John 5:18). Whoever says you should not obey Christ is a stranger to Christ and has no authority over your life. Once we drifted, we will drift no more. Peter who once drifted but no more a drifter said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” James says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Drifters are not dependable and are unstable. We must be firm and obedient. And as we do the blessings of obedience will come. “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8). Live the way and walk in the ways the Lord has commanded you, and do His commandments.
“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean” (Isaiah 52:1). Awake. All the drifting, backsliding and lukewarmness of the past is gone today, a new day has now come; arise and shine for your light has come!
Ponder on this! These infallible proofs of Christ’s Resurrection made the apostles confident, courageous, fearless and steadfast, to bring many converts to salvation in Christ and to prepare many saints for glory in Heaven. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! They had seen Christ, been with Him, saved as disciples, prayed for by Christ to be sanctified, they knew about His Resurrection, they had the revelation and visitation by the Risen Christ; but working contrary to Christ, they caught nothing. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! There are some people who do not only drift but influence other people to drift away from their calling, conviction and commission. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Reflection – The angel said it; the guards saw it; and it was proclaimed and affirmed that Christ is risen from the dead. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Words on the Marble – Obedience to the reigning and ruling Christ is commendable, profitable and rewardable. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
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