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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

John 21 - A Fishing Lesson




I'm so sorry I've been gone for awhile!  Check out my "Crooked Path" article to find out what keeps me from blogging.

Who would not want to read John 21, however?  In the midst of trouble and interruptions, when we can do nothing but just try to keep working and move forward....Jesus shows up.

Check out the disciples at the beginning of this Chapter.  They've experienced a visit from their Savior.  BUT ...life goes on.

The disciples are back at work fishing -- trying to get by in confusing times.  Little did they know they were going to get a fishing lesson from Jesus.  

Remember - Jesus will "show up" in our mundane days of work, too.  Watch out for Him and don't miss His lesson. 

Here's what happened on the fishing trip:

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. -- John 21:4-6

Wow! When we least expect it, a blessing will come.  Watch closely for the blessing...and watch closely for the Savior.  Jesus will open your eyes to his presence.  Just look what happens next: 

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. 

Peter ran immediately to get close to his Savior.  That's not such a bad idea.  Even at your desk at work, you can nestle in Jesus' arms.  How?  Keep a Bible verse tucked in your drawer.  Open it up....There you go.  Remember He is with you.

Jesus wants an intimate relationship with each one of us.  In the Word of God, this is often symbolized by Him eating with His disciples.  In John 21:12-14, Jesus pulls his loved ones about Him for a nice little picnic.
Don't ever forget the invitation is there for you to gather at Christ's table.

Oh, what nourishment He can bring you!  Food for the body!  Food for the soul!  


12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”
None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” 
They knew it was the Lord. 
13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 
14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared 
to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When we sit at Jesus table, He will speak to us, just as He did to Peter.  Pause for a moment and pray for Jesus to speak to you today.  He is asking you the same questions He asked Peter.  

What will your answer be? This will make all the difference in the world when it comes to your fishing...

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 
“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” 
He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted;
 but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, 
and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 
19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. 
Then he said to him,“Follow me!”

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