“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.”
In the last chapter of John, we find a very peculiar account, centred around Peter, his relationship with Jesus and his future ministry of starting the church. This morning I’d like to focus in on verses 1 through 9.
“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called 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.” (John 21:1-3)
“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.” (21:4-6)
“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.” (21:7-9)
Now, let’s back up a little bit. In verse 3, Peter was the one who said “I’m going out to fish.” We also know that he was a fisherman by trade, therefore it would be highly likely that he would have his own boat. Finally, perhaps we could also come to the conclusion that when he says that he’s going fishing, he means on his boat?
Keeping all this in mind, let’s jump to verse 7 to grasp the true nature of Peter’s spirit! After John speaks the words “It is the Lord“, Peter automatically leaps into action. He throws on his outer garment, jumps out of the boat and begins to swim.
Sure, the boat could make it to shore just fine. It wasn’t damaged in any way. However, if Peter leaped out of the boat immediately and swam for it, he’d be face-to-face with his Lord that much sooner!
I’d like to think that I would be this excited to see Jesus, if I was one of His disciples. So many times, we play it safe. “We might get wet! We might get hurt! It’s not our tradition!” My challenge to you this week is to do something Peter-ish!
When you hear that voice say, “It is the Lord!“, grab your coat and jump, run, act, speak, do, whatever it is that you are being called to. Just move! Lord, help us all to be a little more like Peter today!
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.