John 21

John 21 has Jesus appearing to the disciples again.  This time seven of them were out fishing in the Sea of Galilee in a couple boats.  They had been out all night and caught nothing.  Jesus was on the shore and as the sun came up, called out to them but they didn’t recognize him.  Jesus told them to “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens. They did what he said”.  It is interesting that they listened to this man on the shore they didn’t recognize.  But they were willing to try most anything to catch something.

They throw the net and immediately they had it filled with fish.  They then recognize the voice as that of Jesus, and Peter in his normal way, throws on his clothes and swims to shore leaving the others to drag in the net.  When they finally got it in there were “153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip”.  Another miracle of the Master.  Jesus had already prepared a fire and was cooking some food for their breakfast.  “This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead”.

Jesus loves these men.  He didn’t just show himself once and expect them to get it.  He does it now a third time to be sure they understand.  And during this visit he questions Peter, the one who denied Him three times earlier in the garden the night before His crucifixion.  Jesus asks Peter “do you love me” three different times.  It is interesting that is the same number of times that Peter had earlier denied Christ.  Each time Peter says yes, and Jesus tells Him to feed or shepherd His lambs or sheep.

Jesus was making a point with Peter, and you and me.  Our walk with Jesus is based on love.  It is a relationship we choose to have, and the outcome should be that of caring for the people in our patch.  We are to be Christ Followers.  Jesus said what He did to Peter to prepare him.  “He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God”.  Having recently been in Rome and seeing the place Peter was crucified upside down on a cross makes this very real.  Peter asks what will happen to John to which Jesus replied “what’s that to you? You–follow me”.  How we live as a Christ Follower is not about how we compare to others.  It is about how we live in relationship to what God has asked us to do.  It is about me and Jesus.  How’s your walk?

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