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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