Dive In for Jesus
My Word… how blessedly we can dive right into the life stories of Jesus. My deliberate pace thru the 4 gospels, with commentary by Michael Card in His Biblical Imagination series, has been a joy of learning. There’s no better way to learn about your faith than thru His Word. His story is our story, His disciples are our teachers. His life is worth learning. He is the Alpha and Omega. He’s the Word worth taking in.
The gospel of John was written when John was very old, recounting the stories and teachings from his witness as the “disciple Jesus loved” as a teenager, from his life with second-mother Mary, and the other disciples. John spent volumes of time teaching. We are able to dive in to be alive with these stories and we can fish for our lives as well as our direction, our hope.
John 20 concludes His Gospel teachings of the Resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning and John 21 adds a few more stories about their fishing after Jesus rose. Jesus watched them fish all night, empty nets. One direction from Jesus and their nets were full. This mirrored the same way that Jesus gave direction and encouraged the disciples the first day He met them and other times. This repetition of direction overfilled their nets, again.
How fitting that His encouragement fills our nets as well, with resources, fulfillment, faith and food of life. Peter dove right into the water that morning when he learned it was Jesus on shore, nothing could keep him in that boat and he swam the Sea of Galilee to see his friend. We too must dive in full force into our future. Jesus provides and Jesus calls… in this day, and always, Jesus is already here. No long term wait, He’s prepared today for us, and started us with daily bread.
Jesus gives directions to His disciples and to us for where to catch fish. He gives us moments and tools to harvest what others have seeded and the Lord has grown. Jesus already knows where the fish are. Once the catch of the day is made, we are able to be Peter-like and dive into His Divine Presence. Each new day will be another day for Peter to fish for men. Likewise for us, each morning will be the best time to fill our hearts and souls with Jesus knowledge for the tasks ahead. Take one day at a time.
Go seek Jesus and learn how He has been watching for you, always, and waiting for you each morning with nourishment for the day’s tasks.
Listen to Jesus and learn where you best cast your nets.
Fill yourself with Jesus as Word and be filled.
DIVE INTO EVERYTHING JESUS IS!!!
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.