December 22, 2014

Don’t you just love a good miracle! We all are amazed when we hear of a significant healing or a one in a million happening that can only be attributed to the Lord. It make everyone feel good and tends to increase our faith. At least it will increase our faith as long as we do not ask too many questions. In this account we find several of the disciples as they tried to settle back into their old lifestyle once again. They had been on the road with Jesus for three years through thick and thin. They had been blessed by the initial miraculous resurrection appearance in the Upper Room of Jerusalem. But now they have traveled to their northern home near the Sea of Galilee. They get out their familiar nets and smile when they see the same boats waiting by the shore. They were old friends with the tools and techniques of the trade. Peter (the Big Fisherman) leads the way by shoving away from the shore with nets in hand. The others follow but to no avail. In fact, they fish all night and catch nothing. Some must have thought that they had lost the knack of setting the nets and spotting the right location. Others thought they were just rusty. Tomorrow would be a better day. Then they saw him on the shore. It was Jesus and he had a plan. “Cast your nets on the right side of the boat.” “No way,” they thought, but they obeyed and found a remarkable catch just waiting for their nets to be filled. It was a record of 153 fish. No net could hold that kind of abundance. It was a day to remember for many reasons. They remembered the catch but they also remembered the reality that the resurrected Lord was with them on the shore. He even cooked breakfast for them and they ate their fill. Isn’t that just like Jesus! He always seems to have a plan. He always wants the best for all involved. And he always has the heart of a servant. From Bethlehem manger to the shore of Galilee he is ever the same. Have you learned that about the Lord? Have you seen his plan for your life? Do you know that he wants the best for you? Have you experienced his servant hand? Everyone loves a good miracle…and you are one of the best!

 John 21:1-14

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin,* Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3Simon 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 after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ 6He said to them, ‘Cast the net to 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 there were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. 8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards* off. 9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.


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