Welcome back to the Journey blog. I completely forgot to update last week, so that’s definitely my fault! Yesterday’s sermon was about getting out of your comfort zone and trying things a little differently…because we all love to do that. Right? The scripture comes from John 21:1-14 where Jesus appears for the third time to His disciples after the resurrection. Enjoy!
“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.
The 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.”
Sometimes it takes trying something new to get a net full of fish. I probably wouldn’t have listened to a stranger on the beach telling me how to do my job, but because the disciples tried something different, they were rewarded with a net full of fish and breakfast with Jesus. I’d say that’s a pretty good day!
What do you think?
The baby shower for Melissa Curd has been postponed until after Baby Curd arrives. If you want to visit her, she is in St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton, Missouri. If you want the address to send cards or flowers or yummy snacks, let me know, and I’ll get it to you.
Garden of the Gods trip will be May 5 after church. Be watching for more information!