Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Wednesday within the Octave of the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord

Posted on April 3, 2024 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: St. John 21:1-14 (NKJV)
21:1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
“Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’”
When Jesus first called him, Peter recognized the Lord by a miraculous catch of fish. Now the miracle is repeated. John tells Peter, “It is the Lord.” And, we are told, this is now the third time the risen Christ has appeared to the disciples.
They had seen Him twice before. They knew He was risen. And yet Peter says, “I’m going fishing.” What does one do, once one comes to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Very often, the answer is, “go back to the same job you were doing before.” Many of the tasks of our everyday life do not change in terms of outward appearance. But our mindset in doing those tasks changes. We do our labors as unto the Lord, grateful both for our eternal salvation and for our lives in this world. We do those tasks knowing that our Lord has His use of them, and of us in doing them. And so Peter and the disciples going fishing becomes a tremendous example of Christian vocation for us.
Collect: Almighty God, Who, through Thine Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: We humbly beseech Thee, that, as Thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by Thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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