Are we even close to understanding the power of the New Covenant? A great change took place.
John 21:9 – As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
Immediately following the second draught of fish a few days after Jesus’ resurrection, something very interesting happened on the shore of the sea that we read about, but I believe, too often, simply overlook. Take a moment and read our Text for Today again, and in addition, think about it in the light of the temptation of Jesus following His 40-days of fasting at the beginning of His earthly ministry.
After Jesus’ 40-day fast, the Scriptures declare that He was hungry. I understand that. On two occasions in my life I have undertaken a 40-day fast, and I know of the hunger at day 40. Satan’s first temptation was for Jesus to turn stones to bread. Could Jesus have done so? I believe He could have. But why did He not do so? Yes, Jesus said that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” But in thinking about that, I offer you a question. Who owned the earth at that moment in time? I believe the answer is critical in understanding a major part of the reason for Jesus’ response to Satan. The answer to my question is “Satan.” When God had made man in the Garden of Eden, He had given all His creation to Adam’s possession and ownership. But when Adam committed high treason against God, he gave all that possession and ownership over to Satan. So when Jesus entered into His ministry, He did so in a world that was not His. And though He was able to turn stones to bread, to do so would have placed some dependency for His life upon Satan, and that was not going to happen. Had Jesus turned those stones to bread, He would have used Satan’s possession, but Jesus trust was fully in God.
But at the Sea of Galilee, immediately following the second draught of fish, something truly spectacular happened. When the disciples came ashore, dragging the net full of great fish, they found fire of coals, fish, and bread. At this time, the earth no longer was a possession of Satan, for Jesus had fully regained it at His resurrection. Now the stones were His. To that end, I offer you a second question. From where did Jesus get “coals of fire, fish, and bread?” Could it be that the Lord was demonstrating His possession, His authority, and His ability for a New Covenant? I believe that is precisely what He was doing. You don’t need to go looking for fire. He IS the Fire! You don’t need to be concerned with empty nets, especially the spiritual ones. The fish ARE His! You don’t need to worry about food or any provision of any kind. The “earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and all that dwell in it.” It’s a new day; a New Covenant.
Manna for Today – John 21:1-14; Luke 5:1-7; Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17; Matthew 4:4; Psalm 24:1