Look to the Shoreline


After all that’s happened, Peter decides he’s going fishing, and several others quickly hop in the boat. Do you suppose he was just trying to get to his ‘happy place’ to decompress? Or do you think he was giving up on the whole ministry thing and going back to the successful career he once had? The standing assignment from Jesus to take the gospel to the world must have seemed daunting, even impossible; it must have been tempting to go back to what he knew. Do you ever think about going back to the way it once was before you knew Jesus? Maybe you’re not sure what’s next; it all seems uncertain. The risen Jesus tends to show himself in these moments of our floundering, encouraging us to press on, only this time following his instruction and lead. Look to the shoreline, and listen for Jesus’ guiding voice.

John 21:1-14

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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