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The next miracle in our series is Catching Many Fish …This miracle is recorded for us in John 21:4-11

In this miracle, we see Jesus meeting His disciples physical needs by causing them to catch a large number of fish.  This brings to mind two similar miracles that we have already looked at found in Luke 5:3-10 and Matt 17:24-27.

We see Jesus standing on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, while His disciples were in their boats attempting to catch fish.  After being asked by Jesus if they had caught any fish, the disciples tell Him that they have been unsuccessful in their attempts.   The Lord instructs them to “, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.”  They act on His suggestion with miraculous results… “They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.”  Later a count was taken with the total coming to 153 fishes.

When they come to land they see a fire made with coals, fishes and bread prepared for them by Christ.  (Where did the coals, fish and bread come from?  We are not told.  Perhaps Christ miraculously produced these as well?)  This helps us to learn two basic principles concerning Christ’s relationship to those who are His disciples:

  1. He is concerned about their physical well-being.  We should never think that our Lord is oblivious to our physical needs.  On the contrary, He promises to meet our every physical need. Matt 6:25-32
  2. He  has called us to take the gospel to the lost world around us. The fish and bread are  a symbolic representation of the calling He has given to His disciples.  The fish representing the lost world to whom His disciples are to be a witness (fishers of men) and the bread representing Christ (the Bread of Life) that is to be taken to the lost world. (Mark 16:15)

But for this devotion, I would like us to center on a very interesting side note to this miracle. During the beginning exchange between Christ (on the shore) and the disciples (in the ship) we see that the disciples did not recognize who Christ was…  “But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus”   It is only after the miracle is performed that they recognize that the One they have been speaking to is their Lord… “They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.”

With only two more lessons in this series, what a fitting, wonderful truth is being shown to each one of us … It is through the performance of these miracles that His people can come to a knowledge of the identity of Christ.  That is what we have been trying to do through this series of devotions.  To show many different truths about Our Lord, our need to serve Him, and our need to develop a closer walk with Him.

Let’s not be like Peter who, because He was unprepared to see His Lord had to jump into the water out of shame and embarrassment… “Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.”   Through application of the truths of His Word let us all be prepared to:

  1. recognize Him when He works in our lives
  2. serve Him as we seek to do His will and
  3. meet Him when He comes back to take us home to be with Him.

We can do all three by taking heed to the many lessons we have seen on display in the many miracles that Christ has performed during His earthly ministry.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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15 Comments

  1. Susan Michaels says:

    One of my favorite Bible passages! Thank you for reminding us of these amazing miracles and teaching us deeper meaning of these wonders of God.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Susan, I’ve enjoyed this study as well. The glory of Christ is certianly seen in all these works of His grace, power and authority. I am so thankful for His seeing fit to have them recorded for our learning. Lord bless. Thanks for the comment.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Susan, I’ve enjoyed this study as well. The glory of Christ is certianly seen in all these works of His grace, power and authority. I am so thankful for His seeing fit to have them recorded for our learning. Lord bless. Thanks for the comment.

  2. granbee says:

    With Jesus, every true need is met most abundantly. We just need to learn to let HIM decide what we truly need!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Granbee,

      You are so right…. many times we get our “needs” and “wants” all confused… the Lrod knows what we really need, and what is for our good. It is those things that He will abundantly supply! Thanks so much for your comment. Lord bless.

  3. jelillie says:

    “He is concerned about their physical well-being. We should never think that our Lord is oblivious to our physical needs. On the contrary, He promises to meet our every physical need. Matt 6:25-32” Thanks Rob I needed to be reminded of this today!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I am praying for your needs to be met. We all need prayers that our physical and spiritual needs continue to be met in this troublesome time we ar living. What a blessing it is to know that our Lord is coming back to take us all home to be with Him for an eternity! What a great day that will be! Hopefully it will be soon.

  4. James says:

    Stephanie is out of the hospital and I managed to post a new blog updating everyone. Good blog on your end. I am getting some rest but things are still hard and will be hard for a good long time to come.

  5. Lyn Leahz says:

    An award for you Rob, because you are so dedicated to our Father, and you’re my brother in Him..and I love you sooooo sooooo much! I hope it blesses you. It’s the very inspiring blogger award. To accept and retrieve it, please go here http://lynleahz.com/2012/06/29/reader-appreciation-award/ and scroll down..it’s the fourth one…be sure to follow the directions.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Lyn,

      Thank you so much for the award. It certainly is a blessing and an encouragment. SIH is a testimony to the goodness of the Lord, because without His intervention SIH would not exist or be able to continue on. Thank you again, Lyn. May the Lrod continue to bless your work on the book.

  6. I think we too often take ‘circumstances’ for granted when it is most likely that the hand of the Lord was instrumental in changing the ‘circumstances’ to give us an opportunity or to keep us from harm etc.
    How tragic for them not to recognise their Lord! How tragic when we fail to see Him working through the ‘circumstances’. May we always be more aware of His work and use every opportunity He provides.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela.

      The more I look for the Lord’s hand at work in my life… the more amazed I become of His sovereignty and grace. It truly makes life fun to live just waiting to see what He will do next to mold me and make me more like Him… it is a real blessing to recognize what he does for us on a daily basis. Thanks for a great comment.

  7. Debbie says:

    I really appreciated this , Pastor Rob . .”let us be prepared to recognize Him at work in our lives.” I think I used to be better at that than I have been lately. Thank you for the nudge to keep recognizing Him! God bless you!

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