2018-03-08 / Worship

Fifth step after resurrection

(John 21:1-14)

We do not know how many days after His resurrection it was when this visit took place, but it must have been some amount of days after the other visits. Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias which was familiar territory for them because travel by water was familiar to them, and some of the apostles were fishermen.

God’s word says, “And on this wise showed he himself.” After Jesus’ resurrection he was not with the apostles every day, only on special visits.”

Simon Peter, Thomas and Nathaniel of Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of Jesus’ disciples were present, seven in all.

Simon Peter said unto the others, “I go fishing.” This was familiar territory for Peter and some other apostles. The others said, “We also go with thee.” They went forth, and entered a ship immediately and that night they caught no fish. It says, “That night they caught nothing.”

The occupation of fishing was liken unto Jesus’ ministry of seeking out those who needed to be ministered to. The first four apostles Jesus chose were fishermen: Peter, Andrew, James, and John, two pairs of brothers who were professional fishermen.

It seems that this trade interested Jesus as a good example, and the water was good for traveling from place to place. Jesus is aware of our occupations even today and our use of them.

Jesus met them early that morning unaware to them of His presence. Jesus stood on the shore and called to them. “Children, have ye any meat?” They answered him, “No.” Then Jesus said, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship and ye shall find.” It seems that Jesus is using this as a spiritual example for getting people to have Godly beliefs in Jesus’ ministry of salvation.

They cast their nets out on the right side of the boat and caught so many in their net they could not pull it in. The disciple who was very close to Jesus said unto Peter, “It is the Lord.” Immediately Peter put on his coat and went to shore swimming in the water. The others pulled the net to shore.

Jesus uses this occasion as an example of His spiritual ministry Jesus wanted His disciples to carry forth into the world. We are still doing this type of ministry today through our churches that are our boats. The Gospel message is our net.

We are doing our work as believers in Jesus under the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus showed us the way over 2,000 years ago and we are still going strong today. Let us all, as believers, be spiritual fishermen in God’s kingdom on Earth, each and every day of our lives. This will please Jesus as our Saviour.

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