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From the Minister


Thought for the Day Monday 21st April


After the disciples return to Galilee, Jesus appears to them again. This occasion is recorded in John 21. It is the famous story of the ‘Barbeque on the Beach’. The story can be divided into two parts: before and after the meal. Today I want us to think about the events before the meal, and tomorrow we will deal with events after the meal.

The story: A group of the disciples have gone out fishing; they have fished all night and have caught nothing. A man standing on the sea-shore (who we later find out to be Jesus) calls out to them and tells them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. The disciples do this and find that the catch is so great they are unable to haul in their nets. We are told that there were 153 large fish in the net.

As I read this story, I think that there is some-kind of prophetic drama going on. Very soon the disciples will have stopped going out in their boats to catch fish, and they will be the people who proclaim the good news. Jesus is alive, sin and death are conquered, eternal and abundant life are free to all those who follow Jesus. Today the nets are full of fish; very soon the nets will be full of people.

Again, as I read this story, I find myself asking the question: What are the lessons of this account for the humble disciple today? The first lesson is one of obedience. Jesus gives the disciples a simple command, they do as they are told, and the blessing is beyond their wildest dreams. The second is that we need to be fishing in the right place.

If we keep throwing out our nets and they return to us empty, maybe we need to be asking the question: Are we fishing in the right place?

Steve Wallis

Newbridge Baptist Church
Llanafan Road, Newbridge, Powys, LD1 6LY
Telephone The Minister: 01597 860185
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