John 21

So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.

’Come and have breakfast,’ said Jesus to them. None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the master. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so also with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus had appeared to the disciples after he had been raised from the dead.


Jesus asks for fish even though he doesn’t need them. Perhaps it is just to show how abundant his life continues to be and how he will continue to be with his followers. And his followers know him by what he does. The miraculous becomes everyday and the greatest of these is the one who serves.

So, Peter does have something to do after all. He drags the net to shore and when the fish are flopping on the beach they count 153! Why this number? I don’t know. Search the web and you will find plenty of theories about the number 153.

But, what it does show me is there is an eyewitness to this event. 153 isn’t an estimate! It is rather a specific number. That’s a lot of fish. Enough to feed the whole village. And Jesus isn’t done, yet.

Once again, he is the giving signs of his graciousness. The one whom everyone ought to be serving, the risen Messiah himself, is the one who continues to serve.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so also with the fish.

This link to Holy Communion is not missed. The bread of life continues to offer the bread.

is the third time Jesus appears to these disciples and they continue to be surprised. It’s the same for us. When you follow the risen Lord you are surprised a lot. You don’t know what to expect except this. When you hang around with Jesus, you want to be there, but it is not going to be comfortable for long. There is a settling down in peace from time to time, and then on to the next adventure! We are still fishing…


What are some of the recent events in your life that appear to be reflecting the activity of God?

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  1. I’ve had an ongoing dialogue with God since I was a small child. And I say dialogue rather than monologue because I feel he talks to me. Recently when I lost my biggest client and thus most of my livlihood, then my 54 year old brother died in his sleep, then my mother unexpectedly died, all within months, I asked for help as I had nowhere to go. Soon I was thrown out of my comfort zone and into unknown territory, with guidance, I feel, and in spite of my deepening depression, I somehow was lifted up into the light and everything changed. I had a vision of doors closing and because I was focused on these slamming doors, I didn’t notice the windows surrounding me. One day I realized God was with me down a very very depressing path and he steered me down another. Now, because of this lesson, I have been able to help others and show them the dead end they think they’ve come to, if they stop and look around, they will see another path to take. I was recently able to point out to someone who was looking for an ah-ha moment from God to corroborate his journey of faith, which was new to him, that the severe physical symptoms he was having and the circuitous route it took to find the cause and cure, was perhaps his ah-ha moment. This is my stepfather who fell away from the church 60 years ago who now calls me for guidance — of all people since he’s listed in Who’s Who and recognized in his engineering field — who is actually listening to me. What he may not know is it’s not me speaking. I feel after one of our conversations that almost everything I say has come from God. Often messages just form and spill out and I don’t think they necessarily came from me. I always look to see what I’m being taught and how to pass that teaching on when the opportunity comes my way. And it always does.

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