Devotion: Thursday, April 12
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. 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. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” John 21:7-10
Here we find ourselves sometime after the resurrection. The disciples have gone back fishing. We don’t know if this is a leisure fishing trip or a return to their old business. However, there is strong indication for the latter. They have fished all night and caught nothing and it is time to call it a day, or in this case, a night. Someone on shore tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They do so and now can’t pull in the net because of the weight of the fish. Suddenly, John realizes and announces it is the Lord. They are approximately 100 yards from shore but Peter doesn’t have time to wait on a boat. He plunges into the water and swims to Jesus.
We all know Peter’s story. Perhaps his denial should have made him the last person to want to get to shore. But Peter had walked with Jesus for some three years. He had witnessed mercy, forgiveness, and acceptance exude from Jesus. Peter knew, in spite of his failure, he was safe with Jesus.
We all have our Peter moments and when we do, Satan says stay away from God because He is ashamed of you. Satan knows our forgiveness and healing is in returning to the Lord. When you fail, run to the throne of grace; mercy and wholeness are waiting.
Secondly, John pointed to Jesus, and Peter went running (or in this case swimming to Him.) As Christ followers, we are called to point others to Him. There are those who are looking for wholeness and they will run to Him. Let’s be busy pointing others to Jesus and leave the convicting to the Holy Spirit.