“Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 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. - John 21:10-11
While we begin to wrap-up the month of April and move into May, we should reflect back on the Easter holiday and all that Jesus did for us. The ultimate sacrifice on the Cross and then rising from the dead displayed the selfless love that Jesus has for all of us.
I want to talk about a story that comes after His resurrection and continues to display His love. Many of His disciples were fishing in the Sea of Galilee and struggling to catch any fish. Standing on shore, he asks the disciples if they have caught any fish. After answering no, Jesus tells them to throw the net to the right side of the boat. Once the net hit the water, they were not able to haul it back in the boat it was so full! At this moment, the disciples realized who was standing on shore. They jumped out of the boat and rushed to shore to find Jesus with a fire and bread. From there, they shared a meal.
Let us focus on the actions of Jesus and just how caring and giving He is. I want everyone to remember that this story is post resurrection, and the Son of God had already given His life for our sins and to give us eternal life. But He did not stop there! He continues to then bless others, as this was the third time He appeared to them after He was raised from the dead.
Can you imagine if we were always as outgoing, giving, and caring as Jesus was in this story? After He paid the ultimate sacrifice, He still continued to love. Think of someone in your life that has hurt you and left a scar on your heart. What if you were able to love this person as Jesus continued to love everyone? What if you were able to give to that person more than they have ever given you? 153 fish were caught in the disciples' fishing net, and the net never tore. How many fish can you give others?
Let us all aim for 153.
“Be vulnerable. Be dedicated. Be strong.”