Just imagine with me for a moment the introduction and walk of the disciples with Jesus for three and one half years. What would it be like to see the power of God each day while being a disciple of Jesus? Miracle healings, demons being cast out, water turning into wine, multiplication of food, walking on the water and seeing someone rise from the dead would surely convince you that Jesus was the son of God. Wouldn’t we be full of faith, believing God for anything, imitating Jesus by doing miracles like he did?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” – John 4:12
Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth, go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” – Matthew 28:19
Jesus was resurrected and about to ascend to heaven. The disciples, somewhat confused, asked, “What has just happened to us? Have the last three and a half years been some kind of dream or mysterious encounter with an extraterrestrial being? Did we really see all of those miracles? Now what do we men do to continue living our lives? Do we go back to normal?”
After fishing all night with no catch they were tired, hungry, discouraged and ready to get home. Jesus showed up unannounced and identified with them in their need for provision and blessing on their livelihood. He said, “Go back into the deep and cast your net again.” Peter said, “But Master, we have fished all night and caught nothing, yet at your bidding, I will try again.”
Peter had grown cold, indifferent, and disillusioned. The other disciples joined him. Now they did only what they knew best: go fishing; providing for themselves in the normal “back to reality” way, and settling in for status quo. Despite all of the things that had happened to them over the last few years: responding to the teaching of Jesus, being amazed at the miracles of Jesus, leaving their old life behind and following him, facing their own spiritual tests, they became discouraged.
Often, during spiritually confusing times, our failures and negative thought patterns breed discouragement and grumbling. You might find yourself thinking, “It’s not working out as I thought”, or “I don’t have to put up with this, I can do better,” as the testing season in your journey drags on.
Jesus is still the same: yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is still saying, “Follow me”…even in the hard times.
Now here is Jesus’ heart toward Peter and the disciples, “Cast your nets,” and “Come have some breakfast.” (John 21:1-12)
Join us next week as the see how God displayed incredible, extravagant love to the disciples in this moment and learn a little more about what that means for us. Update: for Part 2 of this series entitled “Cast Your Net” click here.