Monday 26 September 2022

John 21:1-14

1 Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. 2 Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. 3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. 4 At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. 5 He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. 6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. 7 Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. 8 The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. 9 When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. 10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. 12 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. 14 This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.

There are so many beautiful details in this passage – I have so many questions. Questions like where were the other four disciples? Was seven disciples the perfect number required to haul in such the big load of fish? Was it John (the author) who meticulously counted all 153 fish to record for us such an exact number? Did Peter expect to walk on water again when he dressed himself to jump out of the boat to see Jesus? Was the haul of fish used to “bank-roll” Jesus’ mission? Or pay off Peter’s debt as depicted in The Chosen? Or feed the poor? Was Jesus a good cook?

But then I read verse 13, “Jesus served them…” and my questions suddenly seem secondary. Maybe that’s the point – nothing compares to being with Jesus, to eat breakfast with Him, and have him SERVE you. Can you even imagine?!

I still have questions. But I think now the most important one is, am I running (or maybe swimming, as in Peter’s case) to Jesus? Am I going to sit and eat with him each day? Will I let him love me and serve me? Will you sit with Jesus today and let him love you, refresh you, and restore you?

Jesus, nothing and no one compares to who you are. I let everything else go. Amen.

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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  1. Sue Botta says:

    This is one of my favourite stories. He eats breakfast with His friends – His disciples and reinstates Peter. I love Peter’s impulsiveness (his heart) to dive in and swim to His Lord. He forgets about the hail of fish to help his mates but runs (swims) to Jesus.

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