“THERE IS NO OTHER NAME…BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED” (Acts 4:11)
📕Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27ab (R.v.22); John 21:1-14
After the resurrection of Jesus, it was difficult for the disciples to fully understand what has taken place. In fact, some of them went back to their old business. Peter and some other members of the Twelve were part of these (cf. John 21:2-3).
Jesus kept appearing to them to reassure them that he was real and his mission is true. At this instance, they had laboured in vain all night without catching anything but Jesus came up and He made a great catch (John 21:6).
“153 different kinds of fish and the net was not torn” (John 21:11). Remember that the apostles were earlier invited, after a similar great catch to become fishers of men (cf. Mark 1:17) and now this great catch is a symbol of great call into the discipleship of Christ. There is room for everyone inside this net, which explains the great number but no torn on the net.
However, note that the 153 in the net are not the only fishes in the sea. But only that number allowed themselves to be caught.
Jesus had said to his disciples, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes…the be saved; he who refuses to believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).
I hope we all can choose to be saved and gain life by believing in the name of Jesus (cf. John 20:31).
As we take the firm decision to follow Jesus faithfully, may he always grant us the courage, strength and wisdom as he did to his early disciples (cf. Acts 4:1-12) to bear firm and true witness to him and also be among the saved. Amen.
Have a blessed and fruitful new month strengthened by faith. Peace be with you.