John 21:1-5 (NLT) Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee.[a] This is how it happened. 2 Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),[b] Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. 4 At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. 5 He called out, “Fellows,[c] have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. 6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.
It was a familiar place and time for the disciples (déjà vu) . Now again they had been fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee and hadn’t caught anything. In today’s message (John Chapter 21) the Lord had risen and had already appeared to some of the disciples. There were no clear marching orders, so they thought they would go back to what they knew how to do: for the disciples it was fishing. What is it that you go back to doing when the Lord seems distant or not around?
Now it was early in the morning, probably still dark. They saw a figure standing on the shore. Jesus called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” (John 21:5, NLT). Throughout the Bible, God often asked probing questions when He wanted to provoke inquiry, confession, and even spiritual reflection. In the same way, Jesus was asking His disciples, “Did you catch anything? Have you been successful? Have things gone the way you had hoped they would go? Are you satisfied?”
Why did Jesus want them to admit their physical, emotional, and spiritual condition? So He could bring them to the place where they needed to be. Today that same Jesus wants to do the same for you!
When they cast the net on the right side of the boat as Jesus told them to, their net became so heavy with fish that they couldn’t pull it in (John 21:6). The Lord was teaching the disciples an important lesson: Failure often can be the doorway to real success.
We need to come to that point in our lives as well. We need to come and say, “Lord, I am not satisfied with the way my life is going. I am tired of doing it my way. I want to do it Your way.” If you will come to God like that, the Lord will extend Divine love, and forgiveness, to your life today. Then the Lord will take your life and transform it in ways you couldn’t imagine. Have a marvelous day people of God!
For His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker