MONDAY 13TH APRIL, 2020 (EASTER MONDAY)
THEME: RENEWAL MONDAY
PASSAGE: JOHN 21:1-14
HYMN: MHB 208, ‘THE DAY of resurrection’
MEMORY VERSE: John 21:1a, ‘After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias.’
Easter Monday is a day to commemorate the appearance of Jesus to His disciples after His resurrection. It is also known as Bright Monday, Renewal Monday, Wet Monday, and Dyngus Day. It is observed by many Christian groups. Some of these observances have more Christian symbolism in them than others. The observance is usually based on today’s Bible passage where Jesus appeared to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He did not command us to celebrate it but, as with many holidays, there is nothing wrong with observing memorable events and not distracting from the message of the gospel. So we need to ask ourselves what the message is for today.
The disciples allowed themselves to be misled into their former business of fishing and deviated from their call to be fishers of men. The sad thing is that they laboured all night, but had nothing to show for their labour. The lesson is clear: anyone who is out of purpose, out of God’s will and out of focus should not expect any good yield. The good thing is that despite their falling away from purpose, Jesus met them there and redirected them back to focus.
Let us decide today to retrace our steps and examine critically if we are still on the way. Easter Monday should not be another time to seek fun at the beach or amusement parks and forget the “Great Commission” (Matt. 28:19-20). There can be no better refreshing time than being in the presence of Christ. Be in His presence today, like they were then, and He will make sure to provide the meat, the refreshing and the joy like He did for them then.
Why not use today to look for lost souls and bring them back to Christ rather than spending it in senseless drinking and other unwholesome activities? Prov. 11:30 says he that wins soul is wise. Be a wise Christian.
PRAYER: Lord, let me discover Your purpose and will for me and fulfill it in my lifetime in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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