This Is the Teaching for February 2007:

 

Forgiveness?

 

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead (John 21:12-14 NIV).

 

These verses record Jesus meeting with his disciples following his resurrection. The disciples had forsaken Jesus after saying they would never leave him. Thus the men would have been very uncomfortable, or more likely felt heavy guilt.

 

The Jewish culture had four basic ways of expressing forgiveness: the kiss, giving a person salt and eating it with them, inviting a person into ones home, and eating with the guilty party a meal. In this case Jesus invited the disciples to eat a meal he had prepared. This was not just a breakfast that Jesus provided his disciples, but an act of forgiveness that would remove their guilt and restore their relationship with him.

 

 

If you read John 21:15-19, you will note that Jesus invited Peter aside and verbally express his forgiveness by telling Peter three time he loved him and then commissioned Peter to do certain works.

 

Though our culture may be different, forgiveness is not out of date. We need also to act out our forgiveness toward those which have offended us. Radom acts or kindness can work wonders. Try it! Of course, if we have offended another, we need to seek forgiveness from them.

 

 

Blessings, Pastor Jones

 

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