Do you remember how the bible was written to encourage belief? Pretty neat those verses eh? Today John continues to write with John 21:1-14.
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 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.
4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
We know that after Jesus’ resurrection he appeared to Mary, some of the disciples and then to all of the disciples. He then goes on to reveal himself to the disciples again, this time by the by the Sea of Tiberias.
The way he revealed himself was by standing on the shore as Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee and two others were fishing. They had gone out when Simon Peter had said to them, “I am going fishing.” They were out all night without catching a thing.
So here it’s coming up sunrise, Jesus was standing on the shore but the disciples didn’t know who he was yet. He asked them, “Children, do you have any fish?”
They told him no, so he told them to, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”
They cast it catching an immense amount of fish. So many they couldn’t pull it. This caused the disciple that Jesus loved to call out “It is the Lord!” Simon Peter heard this, put on his cloak and rushed out to Jesus. The bible tells us “he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.”
Meanwhile, the other disciples brought in the boat and net. They were only about a hundred yards out. When they got to shore, Jesus already had a fire going with fish on it, but he asked them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”
Simon Peter hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.
They had breakfast on the beach with him there. They knew who he was. In fact they didn’t dare ask him, “Who are you?” Jesus himself gave them bread and fish to eat. This was the third time he had revealed himself to them.
I wonder why John had to write in that the disciples didn’t dare ask “Who he was”. Was it so glaringly obvious it would have been stupid? They why put that in? Just seems odd to me.
Simon Peter, even in his eagerness to see the Lord, took the time to dress properly for him. Makes me think it was ingrained behaviour. Strip down to work, dress to talk to people. Part of me is still surprised though.
Points that hit home
Simon was SO eager to be with the Lord. He didn’t wait a second (beyond dressing) to rush out to be with him. When Jesus asked for more fish, he immediately set out to bring them in. Such eagerness to not only be with his Lord but to meet his every request. I need to ponder on that a spell.
Part of my thinking is this: Peter had lost his Lord to crucifixion. He knew it, saw it, experienced it. And here now was his Lord again. His Lord who just netted them 153 large fish. Peter LOVED the Lord and he was back so of course he was going to spend as much time with him as possible. Of course he was going to do anything Jesus asked.. he was back!!!!!
It would be no different for me if I thought someone I loved was gone forever and then they were back. I want to do dinner, and go for a walk and fetch them a drink. It’s how my love for them would be expressed.
So often I fail to express my love for the Lord in such a manner. I lack that immediate eagerness to be with him, or to do whatever he asks. I’ve allowed myself to become too settled, and too comfortable. I’m supposing this needs to change. I need that eagerness back.