“I’m going out to fish” John 21:3a
I’m going out to fish. As the temperatures warm and the sun shines, I’m reminded of a Minnesota childhood filled with excitement as the fishing season begins. My thirteen year old son loves to fish and I see the same excitement in him that I experienced at his age. I am excited too!
The bible uses fishing as a means of vocation, recreation, and illustration. When Jesus calls the disciples who are fishermen, Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” One of my favorite bible stories about fishing is from John 21. This is the last chapter of the gospels. Jesus has died. The disciples go back to their vocation of fishing. They fish all night and do not catch anything. Jesus appears to them from the shore but they do not recognize him. Jesus tells them to cast their nets wide on the other side of the boat. The disciples do as they are told and catch more fish than they can haul in.
During this quarantine, we have cast the nets wide. Our online services have reached up to 4,000 people on a single Sunday. We have broadcast on radio, television, social media, and the website. While I miss gathering in-person, I celebrate what God is doing through this congregation!
I’m going out to fish….figuratively and literally!
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