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Nov 1999 - Editorial

'It is the Lord', John exclaimed joyfully as he grappled with the multitude of fishes swarming into the net. It dawned on him like a flash. The Stranger on the beach was their Lord and Master. Who else could it be with such obvious dominion over the fish of the sea? Did he perhaps recall the words of Psalm 8? He 'manifested himself... on this wise' he wrote later in his Gospel record (21:1).

But that was not the only manifestation on that memorable morning. Seven tired and hungry men found breakfast cooked and ready for them when they dragged their boat to shore. As they warmed themselves around the fire their resurrected Master moved from one to another, serving them first with bread and then with the fish. What a wonderful manifestation of His love and care! The Lord of glory, from heaven's throne, come down to meet them and to share with them, giving them yet another example (could they ever forget how He had washed their feet?) of what it means in practical terms, when the scripture says 'through love be servants one to another' (Gal. 5:13).

Fellowship is about sharing

'Bring of the fish which you have now taken', He said, not because His supply was insufficient surely. That could never be. But in the spirit of Revelation 3:20, I suggest, 'If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me'. He wanted to share what they provided, as well as sharing with them His provision. What wonderful grace! That is what fellowship is all about, it is sharing together. Reminding us that around that fire they would commune together. It surely would not be a silent meal. The Master had something to say specially to Simon Peter, we know, but Thomas and Nathaniel and James and John would each carry away some of His words deep in their hearts. And the two un-named disciples, too, for they all shared equally in what the Lord had for them that morning.

Editors pray that there will be something for your heart in the pages of our magazine this month. As you read and study and meditate, look out for manifestations of Himself, please. You will see Him as Son over God's house, Lord of the churches and God's anointed King (as Focus describes Him), soon to return for us and to fashion our bodies into the likeness of His own glorious body. Meantime meeting all our need as each new day unfolds, imparting dignity to the disabled, comfort to the lonely, spiritual strength to every pilgrim heart. For He longs to manifest Himself to us, just as He did to those seven disciples so long ago. We have His promise,

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him (John 14:21).