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.” John 21:4-6.
We see here Jesus watching his disciple’s fish. They are not having any “luck” as we say in fishing lingo. But Jesus knows where the fish are. Throw out on the “right side.” He knows better than my Hummingbird fish finder model 798.
Well they caught more than they could handle. Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Notice that John knows the exact number. Fishermen do not forget these things. We remember. Personally, I have only torn my net once. (A 48-inch musky on Lake Minnetonka, 6 pm on June 17, 2008). But who is counting. My point is that we do not forget these moments.
John remembers it all clearly. And through the Holy Spirit he translates these moments to us through the written Word of God.
Now Peter is commissioned to go…
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”” John 21:15.
Peter is now commissioned, it is an ordination of sorts. Yet he is still confused. (What about John he asks). Lord help him, he is more concerned about John not having the same responsibility and yet Jesus is commissioning and sending him out to lead this new church.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25. Jesus has shown himself and proved who he said he was to his new leaders and now he will depart. Now it is up to us to carry out this continuing mission for Christ. Now go.