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A MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER
Read John 21 verses 1 – 14
“Cast your nets on the right side of the boat…” (Verse 5)
Whenever life’s journey confounds us, our human inclination is to turn and cling to something we can rely on – something familiar, something stable, something reliable and this is usually accompanied by a cup of tea. This is where we join the disciples in John 21. Over recent days they have been through an emotional roller coaster. They have participated in the euphoria of Palm Sunday, spiralled down to the depths of despair on Good Friday and then been swept up to the heavens again by the glory of the resurrection.
Bewildered by these events, perhaps questioning their own sanity, the disciples seek some kind of emotional and psychological solace and therapy in that which is familiar to them – a good night’s fishing. And yet the clarity they seek will not come from the waters and the nets, it will come from their next encounter with the risen Lord who will cook for them, speak to them and eat with them.
Whilst the disciples are still in the boat, Jesus illustrates the secret of effective mission. There is a stark contrast between the results when the disciples went out on their own initiative and caught nothing, and when they fished at the direction of Jesus and the boat was full of large fish. This amazing catch was far beyond any expectations that the disheartened disciples may have had because it was so large they were unable to haul the net in – but even so, the net was not torn.
Speculation remains about the number of fish (153). Some believe there were 153 known species of fish at that time. Others say there were 153 different known races or languages. Whatever the truth is, the message remains the same – that God’s mission is to the whole world and no one is beyond the reach of his love.
At the start of his ministry, Jesus walked along the lake and called to the disciples, saying, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people,” (Mark 1 / Luke 5). Now, perhaps along that very same stretch of shoreline, Jesus announces that the time for their missionary work to begin is upon them.
Never again do we find Peter and the others going off on their own for a night at sea. Instead, they have learned to follow Jesus’ instructions and they go and wait in Jerusalem. And as we shall see at Pentecost, the fruits of their “fishing for people” will be just as wondrous as the catch of fish in John 21, and will be there for all to see.
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