AN INVITATION TO A FEAST

"Come and dine" (John 21: 12). Unutterable love and tender solicitude were conveyed in this invitation from the Master. How wonderfully comforting this invitation must have been to the toiling disciples! In despair, confused by the crucifixion, thinking they had lost their Master, they had gone back to their old occupation. But their nightlong labor, in this confused and darkened state, had not brought success. Now Christ Jesus stood before them. Wasting little time in censure, he lovingly strengthened their faltering faith. He pointed out their wrong methods and directed them to the right method. Then tenderly and practically he provided warmth for their cold bodies, food for their empty stomachs, and rest for their weariness.

While Jesus' transcendent love provided for his disciples' present needs, his concern was never only for them or for their day. This marvelous lesson of love must not be lost. He charged them with the duty of carrying on his teachings so that the whole world, for all time, might partake of the living truth—the true bread from heaven —which he preached.

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