Some Biblical reflections from your Classis Leader, Rev. Curry Pikkaart

The leader opened our meeting John 21:1-7a:

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:  Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “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.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

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.

Then 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 (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.”

Then he asked us what struck us. I was struck by what some others offered and from them I think there are three appropriate insights for us all.

  • It was a moment of truth telling for the disciples. “He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.” No excuses – no covering up the empty nets. Just brutal honesty in dealing with what is. “We failed to catch anything. It was a tough night.”
    — QUESTION: What is the truth regarding your reality? Are you catching any fish?
  • Jesus shows us God is a God of second chances – especially when we’re honest with Him.
    — QUESTION: Where/how is God giving you a second chance? Where do you need to be more honest to give Him the opportunity?
  • Jesus’ presence and authority make all the difference between empty and full nets.
    — QUESTION: Where/into what do you need to invite Jesus? Where do you need gto be obedient to Him?