Archive for August 22nd, 2018

John 21:1-6

In John 21:1-6 Jesus has revealed Himself twice to the disciples and now He chooses to do it again. “After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.” He goes to their roots, as many were fishermen by trade before they followed Him, so he meets the disciples while they were doing their day jobs to which they had returned after His death.  We don’t know for sure why they had gone back to their boats. If they wanted to give up on the business of serving Jesus, it was bad; if they were providing for themselves and those near to them until Jesus told them what to do next, it would be fine.

Peter seems to be leading the charge as he usually was. “Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together.” He was with a half dozen of his disciple brethren.  Peter tells them he’s going out. “Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.” It was late in the day, and they were going to try and catch some fish. No matter what their reason was for returning to their fishing boats, their own efforts were futile. There was nothing in the nets.

They have been in the boats all night and caught nothing.  Jesus approaches as the sun is coming up, but they don’t recognize Him. “Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” He engages wiwth them and asks the obvious question.  Catch anything?  Of course He knew they had not, but He asks anyway. “They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So what’s the obvious thing to tell a set of fishermen who have fished all night without success?  Tell them to drop the nets again, only on the other side of the boat.

When you are unsuccessful at fishing, you don’t welcome questions about your progress. Jesus asked anyway. It’s interesting that there is no record of them questioning the direction Jesus had given.  Remember, they still haven’t recognized Him as the Savior.  But they followed His suggestion anyway. “So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.” All night with no luck.  Jesus comes and tells them to cast their nets on the other side and now, the nets are so full they can’t even bring them in.  Talk about a change of outcome.  It’s what happens when we are aligned with God’s plan.  Doing things His way always yields nets full of fish.

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