Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” ... When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. ... Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. [John 21:4-7,12 ESV]
This is such a beautiful story of friendship and discipleship.
The disciples once again find themselves in a familiar place.
For the past three years they have eaten many meals with the Lord.
John tells us that this is the third time that they have see the risen Christ.
This time he comes specifically to share a meal with them.
It is interesting how John recognized Jesus and told his friend Peter.
The Lord told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat.
They must have flashed back to that day when Jesus spoke those exact words to them.
In that moment John knew it was Jesus calling out to them.
I so love Peter's impetuously spontaneous reaction!
Overwhelmed at the thought of being with the Lord, he throws himself into the water.
He wanted to be the first to see his friend up close and hear his words.
I love how these disciples gathered around for one last breakfast with Jesus.
I can picture myself there and feel my heart filled with awe.
I can sense the excitement and love for the Lord that these men felt.
Help me Lord to see you in the ordinary events of my life and in the faces of your followers.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.