When the pastor said that
the NIV doesn’t explain clearly what is
written in the Greek in John 21:1, “it
sent my mind reeling into the reality of the
many ways Jesus reveals Himself.” The
NIV translates, “It happened this
way, which is not complete enough.” The
Greek explanation further attests, “Jesus
revealed Himself in this way.” The
sermon went on to point out that the way Jesus
revealed Himself in John 21 after His resurrection
was in the normal everyday experiences of life.
He didn’t perform some great miracle that
children’s Sunday School classes are recounting.
It happened in the ordinary. Jesus revealed
Himself to the disciples as a simple bystander
suggesting a good fishing spot. John was the
first one to become aware of Jesus’ presence
after the fishing spot turned out to be a bonanza.
After they became aware of Jesus, they were
blessed with a delicious breakfast cooked by
Him and Peter received some much needed one-on-one
time with His Savior reconciling their relationship
after Peter’s betrayal.
Ordinary, maybe, but there
is nothing ordinary about Jesus’ rising
from the dead and showing up from time to time
in unexpected places. If Jesus showed up at
my next fishing trip, I think it would take
the ordinary into the extraordinary. It is thoroughly
amazing that Jesus reveals Himself to us at
all. Do you realize that Jesus’ revealing
Himself to you was the first miracle that happened
in your life? Do you realize what an extraordinary
reality that was?
I heard Don Piper, who wrote
the book 90 Minutes in Heaven, speak
about his miraculous recovery from death to
life. One of the subjects he spoke about was
miracles. Obviously he experienced a rare reality.
He literally came back to life after spending
90 minutes in heaven. His life and ministry
are a miracle. Once a small church minister,
now a best-selling author and sought-after speaker,
his life-after-death experience draws crowds
who long to know someone who has been blessed
by the touch of God in such a powerful way.
When he spoke about miracles, he talked about
the miracles that he sees every day in his new
ministry. There are hundreds putting their faith
in Jesus Christ. He sees these people experience
in the spirit something even more miraculous
than he experienced in the flesh.
I don’t think I appreciate
the miracle of my own conversion as special
until I ponder the outrageous numbers of people
who live on the earth the same time as I do
who do not receive the miracle of salvation.
I don’t know how I could be so blessed
to receive so great a salvation. Why did I come
to faith at such a young age? How did I get
born to believers who took me to church?
Jesus may reveal Himself
in the ordinary, but it is extraordinary that
He reveals Himself at all. How many turn away
from Him when He is drawing them to Himself?
How many ignore His loving presence and promise
We are blessed by a Savior
who longs to be so personal and present in our
daily lives. We need His help to even open our
hearts, minds and spirits to His revelation
of Himself. The best place to start is to read
His word every day. Find out what you can see
of Jesus, then look into the people you meet
today and the wonders of nature you see. How
is Jesus miraculously revealing Himself to you?