gone fishingJohn 21

Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

“We’ll come, too,” they all said.

The Passover Festival is over and the disciples return to their homes. Seven of them go back to Capernaum on Lake Galilee. This is where they stayed when they were with Jesus. Now that he is risen from the dead, they return there. And they wait…

What a momentous couple of weeks it has been! They parade into Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. Jesus is arrested, put on trial and crucified. He raises from the dead. He appears to Mary Magdalene first. Then he appears to the rest of the disciples minus Thomas, though they don’t know what to make of him. He breathes the Holy Spirit on them. He walks through walls and disappears the same way.

Then he appears to them again so Thomas can see him. But, there he goes again, he vanishes. Well, it’s now time to leave Jerusalem because the Festival is over and they don’t live in Jerusalem. They return home and they wait. What is there for them to do?

Peter takes the lead once again. Enough of this waiting around. Time to go back to the same job they had before they met Jesus.

“I’m going fishing.” 

It’s like old times. I’m sure the rest of the disciples’ families are glad that are fishing again. This is their livelihood and it must have been hard to do their work while they traveled around with Jesus.

“We’ll come, too,” they all said.

They are all waiting for someone to take the lead. What do you do with the rest of your life when what you thought was going to would happen doesn’t? Jesus has told them, “As the father has sent me, so I send you,” but nothing is happening. The Messiah has come and gone and things are about the same…


Think back to a disappointing time in your life. Where was God in that time?

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