John 21:1–8 (ESV)
Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples
21 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.
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.
While they were waiting for Jesus, Simon Peter wants to venture off to his second love... fishing. He tells them “I am going fishing.” Simon Peter sounds like a man I would like to hang around
with. He likes to fish, and I do too! Well, when the others heard Peter say this, they said “We sill go with you.” As a modern day fisherman, you notice one thing is different. The setting of today’s reading is taking
place as day was breaking. It was common to fish at night. I have done my share of night fishing, but that is with the aid of night lights/lanterns. Jesus is on the shore while the disciples are out in the boat fishing. Jesus calls
out “Children, do you have any fish?” The answer is “No.” Gee... I thought they were professionals! Jesus tells them to cast the net on the right side of the boat. They do and the net is so full they cannot haul
I find it comforting that Jesus refers to us as “children”. That is exactly what we are... his children. I also understand what it’s like to catch no fish. Sometimes
I have fished all day with no results. There is a nearby lake that I like to go throw a few casts in, but I have never caught any fish in that lake. I wonder if there are any fish in that lake. The answer to that one is YES. It
is disappointing to not catch any fish... especially if you are a fisherman by trade. Can you imagine the joy when you are told to cast the nets on the other side of the boat and you catch so many fish, you can’t haul in the nets???
It has to be a great joy. That is exactly what Jesus does to us. He takes us out of darkness and brings us into his marvelous light.
I pray: O Lord, I thank you for the joy you have brought
me. I thank you for my faith, forgiveness, eternal life, and my Salvation. What more do I need? Help me to share this joy with those who are in the darkness. Amen.