READ ABOUT IT: JOHN 21:1-14
At this point, there was no denying that Jesus had risen from the grave. His followers had seen Him at the tomb and in the upper room on the day of his resurrection, and then with Thomas in the same spot a week later. Two disciples had even talked to Jesus while walking to Emmaus, but only realized it was him after they discussed breaking bread together.
It should have come as no surprise that Jesus would continue to make appearances and let the disciples know that he had won--he defeated death and the grave, and was now their risen Savior. So why were they surprised again when he shows up at the shore of the Sea of Galilee? After all, it was just about in that same spot a few years earlier where Jesus called Peter, James and John to drop their nets and 'Follow Me'.
And yet that's where they were, unchanged in their daily routine--only this time failing to catch fish all night.
In response, Jesus offers them some simple guidance, and then invites them to come in to shore after nearly breaking their nets with 153 fish. 153!!! Jesus stirs the fire, cooks some fish, distributes it among them and then turns to Peter to restore their relationship. (After all, the last time Peter had a one-on-one conversation, he was told that he would deny knowing Jesus three times...and then he did.)
Jesus takes the time to forgive Peter. He wanted Peter to know how much he loved him, and that Peter was going to demonstrate Jesus' sacrificial love, as a shepherd of the sheep, to all people of the world.
Are you ready for God to restore you? Are you awaiting for God to speak into your life when you're trying to do what you do well (like the disciples) yet don't seem to have the same results? What about asking God for help when your life seems to be coming up with empty nets--are you ready to ask for help?
PRAY ABOUT IT:
Jesus, thank you for your restorative love and hope for us. Help us to always be mindful of your work in our lives, and how you desire to use us for your kingdom's work. In your name, amen.