After his resurrection, Jesus first appeared to his disciples as they were huddled and hiding in a locked room. He then appeared to them again by the Sea of Galilee.
Here’s an eyewitness account:
“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told the other disciples, 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.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
Once again, Jesus demonstrates that this whole faith thing isn’t about religious rules and regulations. It’s about relationships. Here he calls them “friends,” and that’s exactly what he and they have become.
This encounter is a nice bookend to one of his earliest with the disciples. When their friendship was first starting, the disciples went fishing without Jesus and caught nothing. Then they listened to his fishing tips and were astounded when they caught enough to sink their boats. That earlier scene concluded with this comment from Jesus: “Don’t be afraid — from now on you will fish for people.” (Luke 5:1-11)
Here they go fishing again. And what do they catch without Jesus? Nothing. But once they listen to his instructions their minds are blown by another humongous haul.
In other words, Jesus is the Master Fisherperson.
In other other words, as both Peter and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” put it, he is truly “the Lord.”
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Be his friend. Never go fishing alone.
Trust him to provide and prepare to be amazed.
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