“So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence” (Luke 24:42, 43)
When Jesus Christ chose disciples for him, the disciples accepted the call with love. They followed him continuously for three and a half years. Jesus Christ was like a brother and friend to the disciples. Jesus trained them in the ministry well. He blessed them with anointment and power. He encouraged them in chasing the demons and healing the sick.
The time came for him to hang on the cross. Many ran away leaving him. But John, the loving disciple followed Jesus to the end. He did not fear death. That is why Jesus gave John the loving disciple, the responsibility of the mother. He did not forget Mary who had given birth to him and nurtured him. Is it not the responsibility of the son to fulfill his duties towards his mother? God fulfilled his responsibilities saying” Behold your mother.”
He kindly thought of the criminal who also hanged on a cross with him. If he had died before being forgiven, he would have to spend the eternity in hell and the lake of fire. He made use of the last minute and pleaded with tears “Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” He was surrounded by the love, compassion and mercy of Christ. Jesus promised him “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Indeed it is true that Peter had denied Jesus Christ. It is also true that he cursed and swore by saying that he did not know Jesus. Similarly, it is true that he retraced and went back to the past profession of fishing, setting a bad example for other disciples to follow. But in spite of all these things God did not forget Peter.
He asked Peter who had not been able to catch a single fish in spite of enormous efforts for the whole night, to cast the net on the right side of the boat. The net was full of 153 big fishes. Not only that. When Peter came to the shore along with other disciples he saw a fire of coals there with fish laid on it and bread. Peter remembered Christ’s love towards him, as he humbled himself as a cook to prepare food for him though he had betrayed him.
After Jesus Christ had ascended to the heaven, the whole heaven would have rejoiced. Jesus handsomely went to the right of the Lord and even in that situation he did not forget the disciples. From there he enabled the disciples to get anointed with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
To meditate: “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:34)