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Bible Notes

John 21:4-14 (21.11.19)

John 21:4-14 NIV
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. [5] He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. [6] 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… [9] 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.

Yesterday we had one of Jesus’ first public appearances in the Gospels, today it is one of his last, and again he is feeding people. After a bitter fishing trip with nothing caught, it is the stranger on the beach who turns things around with a ‘cast your nets on the other side!’, an abundant catch, and an invitation to breakfast. Jesus it seems is ramming the message home – in his Kingdom food is provided and shared abundantly.

Lord, thank you for your provision. Help us to hear your directive voice today telling us where we should be ‘casting our nets’.

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