The Lord In Your Boat

April 25, 2022

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The last chapter of the book of John often gets called the “Epilogue” of the book by Bible scholars. We’ve gone through this gospel chapter by chapter since Christmas. Every Sunday we’ve seen John presenting Jesus- his miracles and his teachings so that we may see him- God’s true Son, and yet truly man. So that we could see him in his saving us from our sins. 

Now we’ve seen Jesus rise. We’ve seen him proclaim his victory over not just his death but ours too. Now both we and his disciples are left with a question. Now what? We have been set free from sin. Now what? We will not die, but live. Now what? John’s epilogue takes on that question. We’ll cover this last chapter in two Sundays here at Hope. 

This Sunday, I invite you to come and see a repeated miracle. It’s almost a shot for shot remake of the moment that Jesus called Peter to be his disciple. You can read it in Luke 5:1-11. 

You can see it click for John and for Peter in the account of John 21: 1-14. You can see the moment they recognized that it was Jesus on the shore, and that it was Jesus who would always be with them. 

I invite you and urge you to come and see this. This Jesus teaching you how to put everything you’ve seen together, so that you can see- he is the God who will never leave you, and who will bless you and keep you, and who will raise you from death to life in heaven. 

John 20:1-14

21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.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. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.