John 21

At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”

“No,” they replied.

Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.

Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!”

One of the amazing things about Jesus is God coming in the form of a man. The incarnation, we call it. And this remains amazing because the risen Jesus is still human. At least that’s what he sounds like.

Anyone who fishes knows this to be the case. What is the first question you ask when someone comes back from fishing?

“Did you catch anything?”

Jesus the risen Lord, King of Kings…

“Have you caught any fish?”

2000 years later and we say the same thing! Now, there is a Lord I can relate to! But human though he is, his voice is miraculous or at least quite persuasive.

“Throw your net on the right-hand side of the boat…”

Do you see how ridiculous this is? Fish are fish. If you fish from the left or right side of the boat, it’s the same fish that are just swimming back and forth anyway. They don’t stay on one side or the other. The disciples must have thought Jesus was nuts.

But, they do it. Out goes the net on the other side. And sure enough, bam! They get a net full of fish! So many they have to drag the net along as they go towards shore. And then John states the obvious. “It’s the Lord!”

When your nights have nothing don’t give up. Jesus is waiting in the morning. This happens, doesn’t it? Something might be troubling you and you sleep on it and when you wake up it’s a new day. There are new possibilities. For whatever reason, sometimes things look better in the morning.


Get a good night’s sleep (at least 8 hours) tonight.

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  1. Oh my I just love this. This reminds me of my favorite book ever, Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldridge. It’s literally the phrase he says on the DVD- “Catch anything?”
    I like how you say “this is a Lord I can relate to” and your tie in to a new day/new morning. Thanks for the encouragement!

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