Sometimes the Lord must take very unusual ways to really get our attention. For Peter, there were several events right after another that confirmed what Jesus said to His disciples; “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). It was not a passing comment, but intentional teaching that was to prepare them for events after His resurrection. That was very clear. How could Peter miss all these clues:
After Peter suggested to several of the disciples that they go fishing, Jesus approached them on the shore of Galilee and asked how they were doing. ““Children, do you have any fish?” They answered Him, “No.”” (21:5). From the context, they did not recognize Jesus until after they took His suggestion and “cast the net on the right side of the boat” (21:6).
The haul of fish suddenly reminded Peter of the first fishing episode with Jesus and John says to Peter, “It is the Lord” (21-7). Jesus is all prepared with a fire to cook some fish and eat with them. What a meal that was. He even provided some bread to go along with the fish.
Was this event another step in preparing Peter for the day of Pentecost and ministry beyond that? I think it was. What events is the Lord using to teach you and prepare you for effective witness and ministry? He wants each of us ready for something much bigger than what we plan.
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