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July 3, 2019

Time to Go Fishing

“Again, said Jesus, 'The kingdom of Heaven is like a net that fishermen threw into the sea. The net gathered all sorts of fish. 48When the net was full, the fishermen drew it ashore. They sat down and sorted the good fish into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and cast the evil into the fiery furnace.” (Matthew 13:47-50)

In our focal scripture today the parable talks about fishing, and then relates it to  the Kingdom of Heaven and, the judgement, and wehn this will occur. The illustration would have been easily understood by a group of fishermen.

Jesus then relates it to the end of the age, the time when we will all be judged. We will all die and face judgement at some time in the future. The good (righteous) person will be separated from the evil (unrighteous) person, the good will spend eternity with God in Heaven, and the evil will be cast away to eternal suffering. The only righteous are those who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

One of the lessons to learn from this verse is that we are to cast our nets. We are to share the Gospel though words and actions. People need to know about Jesus and we might be the only Jesus they see, or the only Bible they may read. People need to know that there is a reason we believe in God and have accepted Him through the sacrifice of Jesus.

A second lesson is  - we aren’t the judge. Too many times we are separating people because we think their sin is worse than our sin. We forget that all sin is despicable in the eyes of God and separates us from Him.

Question: Are you sharing the Gospel through word or deed. Can people tell you are Christian?

Challenge: Cast your net. Let God be the Judge. Let people know you love the Lord!

Prayer: Father only through You am I “good” or righteous, for I am a sinner. Thank you! Help me to “cast my net” so others may know You. Amen.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays

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