June 16, 2019 - Happy Father's Day
After Jesus was crucified, He showed Himself to the disciples. Jesus wants to show Himself to you as well.
Jesus told the disciples to go make more disciples before He died.
After Jesus died, the disciples probably felt lost, so they clung to what they knew, fishing, they still needed to provide for their families, on top of the mission they had been given.
Whether you have good or bad reasons to not follow the Lord's orders, we have to trust in Him and be faithful.
We are called to love regardless of the season we are in.
Fishing for the disciples was not easy, and after a fruitless night, they were probably frustrated.
If you are resisting the call the Lord has for you, you too will continue to be frustrated with pulling empty nets.
When the disciples followed Jesus' instructions, to throw their net on the other side of the boat, they hauled in more fish than their boat could carry.
Jesus' advice, even though it sounded silly, worked!
We need to follow what God had told us to do , regardless of our opinion of the instructions. It wasn't the first time that those who had followed the Lord's advice prospered.
We need to be sure that we are open to heeding the advice we get before we are overly willing to hand it out.
Those who listened to the Lord wand follow His advice have no choice but to succeed.
After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way:
2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee,Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples were together.
3 “I’m going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them.
“We’re coming with you,” they told him. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Jesus. 5 “Friends,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?”
“No,” they answered.
6 “Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” he told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. 7 The disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer clothing around him (for he had taken it off) and plunged into the sea. 8 Since they were not far from land (about a hundred yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish.
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,”Jesus told them. 11 So Simon Peter climbed up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish—153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
12 “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, he was standing by Lake Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then he sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.”
6 When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” 9 For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.
“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people.” 11 Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed him.