“I am going fishing!” So said Peter. The two sons of Zebedee, Nathan and Thomas said they would go along.

Now before you conjure up images of a rowdy fishing trip remember that these men were disciples of the crucified and now risen Jesus of Nazareth. Some had been professional fishermen on the Sea of Tiberias (also known as the Sea of Galilee). They probably knew the lake, the conditions, and their quarry.  Still, they came up empty handed – or more exactly with empty nets.

After a fruitless night of fishing a stranger on shore asked if they had caught anything; and they admitted that they had caught nothing. So, the stranger told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. There they caught fish! One hundred and fifty-three of them, to be exact! And they were big fish! It was then that John, the son of Zebedee recognized the man on the shore. It was Jesus! He exclaimed this to his companions, and Peter threw on his clothes and jumped into the water. The other disciples struggled to bring the catch in, only able to drag it ashore. Then they came in to the shore.

I love this account of Jesus’ third appearance to the disciples. It reminds me that our Lord often blesses the mundane and common things we are involved in. It reminds me that Jesus can and will turn these things into blessings of unfathomable worth! The disciples later went out into the world and preached and shared Jesus Christ once dead but now risen from His grave and ascended into heaven. These men were willing to risk their lives on what they had witnessed.

So how is it with you? Are you, now that the holiday festivities are concluded just going to return to your old habits and activities? Or will you see and obey Jesus?

We pray: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your victory over sin, death, and the devil. We praise You for all You have given us and done for us. Help us live our lives by living for You. In Your name we pray. Amen.