21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “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. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 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. 7 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. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 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. 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.
With the help of hindsight, it is easy to consider the disciples pretty ignorant and foolish in light of verse 4. Jesus was standing on the shore, literally calling out to them, and yet they didn’t recognise Him. As we can see, as they listened and obeyed, ultimately He had the answer not only to their fishing woes, but the answer to the bigger picture – what were their lives all about.
If I’m honest, too many times Jesus has been calling out to me and I haven’t recognised Him. I’ve kept looking for answers in and of myself, and unlike the disciples, I’ve ignored His good advice when told to throw the net “on the right side of the boat”. Whatever my circumstance and whatever my trouble, the answer is found in Christ. I need to be continually and intentionally on the look out for Him, with my ears and heart wide open to what He’s saying.
Lord, help me to see You in the midst of my life. Help me to hear Your voice, both when it’s a shout and when it’s a whisper. Let me be fully surrendered to You. Help me to become a man who always finds his answers in You.
Written by Matt Samperi