Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Easter Hearts, Week 4, Day 6

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JOHN 21:11-14 

Table fellowship connects with acceptance in the Middle East. An invitation to eat together is an invitation to relationship and friendship. Jesus got into trouble, you may recall, for “eating with sinners,” a reference to his friendship with outsiders. In the great story of Luke 15, the prodigal younger son is thrown a public meal to guarantee his safety. All who come and eat with him, despite his breaking of the fifth command against dishonoring his parents, will have accepted him back into the community. Jesus brings the bread, prepares the fire, and cooks the fish to welcome his betraying friends back into full friendship. Trying to ignore or pass over our failures allows guilt to lodge within and grow.

 

Have you ever put your reputation on the line to connect with another person?

 

Have you ever helped someone overcome mistakes?

 

 

FAMILY TIME—

What do meals mean in your family?

 

What should they mean?

 

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Easter Hearts, Week 4, Day 5

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JOHN 21:9-10 | JOHN 18:15-19, 25-27

 

Why all these details about a fish fry on the seashore? Why are the final pages of this profound gospel given over to a barbeque? Because this scene corresponds to a previous moment and evokes memories—this time not of courage but cowardice. In John 18, Peter denies Jesus, not before the intense questioning of an assembled court and powerful judge, but three times before a gatekeeping woman and a few servants. The denials take place around a “charcoal fire,” and this word is used only one other time in the NT, to refer to the fire Jesus makes for his breakfast with Peter and the others in John 21.

 

Jesus makes Peter recall his failures.

 

Why does Jesus make Peter remember the denials in the courtyard of the High Priest?

 

FAMILY TIME—

Is it better to face our mistakes or simply move on?

 

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