21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way:2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them,“Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 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.
Jesus appears yet again to his disciples. The disciples were back at what they new best ... fishing. It doesn't seem clear whether or not Jesus had risen, or what they were supposed to do next. When there is instability in our lives, we usually we return to something predictable. The disciples are still processing all that had happened over the last seven days. The events of the last few days had "rocked their world".
So Jesus shows up in a situation he knew very well. After all, it was on the shores of Galilee that he had called his disciples to follow him with the words, "follow me and I will make you fishers of men." At this they had dropped, including their fishing business, and followed Jesus. It is ironic that Jesus returns to this scene, which is virtually identical to Luke 5. The miraculous catch of fish is a reminder that God will provide for them in their new mission. It is a foreshadowing of all those who will become Jesus' disciples through their mission.
My take on this is that the disciples went back to what they knew but they still weren't sure what their next step was going to be. Jesus appears to them and, in a sense, calls them again. Tomorrow we will see their response to him, and how Jesus specifically reaches out to Peter, who had forsaken him three times.
Question of the day? Are you following Jesus' call for your life? Or, have you gone back to something more comfortable or predictable?