The Big Catch

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After Jesus’ crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection, the disciples were together. “I’m going fishing,” said Peter. The others went along. They fished all night and caught nothing.

In the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize Him. “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” He asked. They said, “No.”

Jesus 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.

The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore . . . When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to the, “Come and have breakfast” (John 21:4-12).


There is a significance in the number of 153. It is the number of nations in the world at the time. Jesus’ last will and testament was, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20.).

No matter how many times I read God’s word, I see something new and significant. This message has an urgency, even in our time, to go and tell. People need to know the love of God and to experience His mercy. Who will tell them? Who will show Jesus’ compassion? Who will carry His light into the dark corners of this world? Will it be you? If you feel inadequate, know that your loving Father will equip you to reach many for His purposes. He does not want any to perish without His love and protection. Someone you know might need His mercy, His salvation. Will you reach out to them with the truth?


Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word. Wake us up and help us to pay attention. These are troubling times. People might miss eternal life unless we tell them. Empower us to be bold and gentle all at the same time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Sue Loeffler

Author of more than two hundred articles, devotions and stories, my book, A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD, is a compilation of devotions from my visit to Israel. The Bible came alive to me, and I discovered I was not only walking where Jesus and the prophets walked; I was walking closer with God. I have taught Sunday school more than twenty years, mentored young women and volunteered as a hospital chaplain. Today I lead Women's Bible studies in my home, and I write a blog at A Closer Walk With God-Devotions from a Journey Through the Holy Lands. Visit often and/or subscribe/follow.

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