John 21 B

I liked Carly’s thoughts on 21:22 and our tendency to get caught up in God’s dealings with others.

Every time I read this story, my attention goes to the disciple’s immediate return to life before Jesus. After they see the empty tomb, they just go home. A few days later, “Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.” (3)

They have spent the last three years of their lives with Jesus, their Rabbi and Messiah. Then He died, and now He’s alive? Thomas just touched His scars.

What does it mean? What do they do? It’s overwhelming, they default back to what they would have done three years ago before their worlds were turned upside down.

Peter is feeling especially blue. Jesus is back, and doesn’t He know about the cowardly thing Peter did: denying Him three times?

This brings me to another thing I ponder, which is, why does Jesus say “feed my sheep” or “tend my lambs” after each assertion of love? Maybe it’s to encourage Peter to know and remember, you’ve got a new job. Stop fishing.

Not that there’s anything wrong with fishing, it’s just that encountering Jesus, being called by Him and knowing Him, means “same old same old” is over. Who He is and what He’s done makes a difference.

What difference has He made in your life? We start Deuteronomy tomorrow.


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