Easter Sunday has come and gone but with Spring breezes and beautiful flowers all around, I cannot stop thinking about the huge excitement of the Resurrection. It’s everywhere–in the new grass, the new blooms, the new life of Spring!
After Jesus came back to life, He appeared to His disciples only a few times. It wasn’t like it was before, where they lived together day after day. And whenever they saw Jesus, it was like they didn’t recognize Him. He was so changed, so resurrected–so alive!
My favorite encounter the disciples have with the resurrected Jesus was recorded in the book of John, chapter 21. The disciples are clearly unsure what to do with their lives and are back in their fishing boats. They’ve had an unsuccessful night of fishing and I’m guessing, are pretty dejected.
Then, just as He’s done before, Jesus stands on the shore and tells them to throw their nets on the other side of the boat. And when they do, the catch is so big they can’t hold it all! That familiar miracle is when Simon Peter recognizes the Lord. He jumps in the water and swims back to Jesus.
Can you imagine? Peter was probably hoping for things to go back the way they were. To be the disciple of the wandering preacher, the miracle worker. His delight in seeing Jesus takes away all pretense and fear. He just wants to be with Jesus again.
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