But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered Him, “No.”

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.

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.”

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. 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. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.

John 21:4-13

The story is not fishy; it is just an admixture of a continuing effort to give up. Try understanding what the resurrection of Jesus was all about; frustrated professional fishermen not acquiring any fish after a whole night of useless efforts, dragging a net in and out, but always empty. (John 21:1-14)

First we have to understand that the message of the resurrection had not solidified in their thinking and so they, under the vociferous Peter had agreed with him when he said: “I am going fishing.” Because the three plus years of ministry with Jesus was misunderstood, and things being like they were, they joined with Peter: “We also come with you.” I would like to think I would have been more comprehensive then they, but I might well have done the same. I have only one direction to go from here, back to what I know best, fishing.

As the new day dawned, Jesus, standing on the shore said: “Children you do not have any fish, do you”? I do not know the tone of their voices, but the reply was a distinct, NO. Jesus speaks again: “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” As they begin to pull the net, they conclude: “It is the Lord! The net is now filled with fish, yet it did not break. Peter jumps into the sea, other disciples help with the net, and then Jesus speaks again: “Come and have breakfast.” In these moments, the third resurrection appearance, the disciples, did not ask: “Who are you?’ “They knew that it was the Lord!” (v12)

I do not know what it took, or would take for you to recognize the Lord, but if it takes breakfast with Him on the beach, I would not be surprised if He served you fish and bread so that your faith in Him and His resurrection was made real to you through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He is alive! He wants you to live. and He is the way that is possible. Invite Him to be your Savior and Lord! Become a fisher of men!

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