Saturday, April 18, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Identifying the Risen Lord in the Workplace


Mathew T. Mathew
Epiphany MTC, NY
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

When the disciples under the leadership of Peter went back to their old profession-fishing- after their master Jesus was crucified, they worked all night, but caught nothing. Then early in the morning, the risen Lord Jesus stood on the shore. First they didn't know it was Jesus. He wanted to convince them the futility of their efforts without Him. With that in mind, He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” When they said no, He said to them, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they caught a large number of fish. Then they realized, it was the Risen Lord Jesus.  Through this incident, Jesus wanted to reinstate Peter & the other disciples to their intended profession of “fishers of men”.
 

In Mathew 28:19-20, the risen Christ is asking the disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We are his disciples. This commandment gives us the responsibility to be His witness in the place we are placed in, in our homes, in our community or in our place of work. Just like Peter and his friends, we need the help of the risen Christ. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be His witness. Sadly, many Christians contemplate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ during Easter time only, but this truth is central to our faith, and we should continually praise God for raising Christ from the dead. According to 1 Corinthians 15, if the Resurrection did not occur, then our faith is futile, we are false witnesses of God. So let us have that deep faith in the risen Lord so that we can be His true witnesses.


PRAYER


Thank you Lord for raising your Son Jesus from the dead and for the gift of eternal life with the savior. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
We should rejoice daily because the Christ the Lord is risen today. Hallelujah! (Praise the Lord)