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The Called

Jesus calls Peter.

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have been working at this all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

We remember the call, the craziness and fullness of His world crashing into the monotony and emptiness of ours.  Over time monotony has crept back into my life. In times past I’ve felt that I’ve squandered this amazing encounter and wallowed in my own world again.

When Jesus dies on the cross, nothing makes sense anymore.  Peter goes back with his fellow fisherman, back to life as it used to be.fishing nets

Jesus is so kind. So concerned and driven that He would not loose 1 that was given to Him from His Father.

Jesus, returns to Peter to find him disillusioned and confused, back at his common ways, living  how he used to, the same thing he was doing before he met Jesus.

This very thing can be the most tormenting.  Living how I used to before I met Jesus. It can feel more confusing than never having known Him.

A long time had passed since Peter was called out of the boat the first time.  When Peter felt Jesus must not have really known who he was, how sinful he really was.  When he told Jesus to get away, because he was dirty.  Jesus shows up again on the beach.  Its just like the first time, they don’t recognize Him.   He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” They reply, “No.”  He goes through this again, 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.

John says, “It is the Lord!”

Peter realizes the familiarity of it all, He had been here before.  He remembered the sudden tightness of the nets, the washer machine of fish, and it hits him.  The Call. The Voice. The Grace. The Hope floods in the Joy, the Freedom…he dives in with his clothes on.

Because we don’t really want to be fishing again do we?  We want Jesus.

Jesus has breakfast ready, He already has fish cooking on the fire for them.  Warm fire roasted fish on the beach with Jesus.  He asks them to get some of the fish that they just caught.  He serves them warm fish and bread.  This is really what Peter’s heart wanted.

Then Jesus asks 3 Times if Peter loves Him, and says then feed my sheep.

Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

He is calling again to us who have become lost in trivial things, living back in the world, striving in ourselves to figure out what happened.  FOLLOW ME.