After the resurrection of the Lord, the disciples were still not sure what they were supposed to be doing so seven of them decided to go fishing. They ended up catching nothing after spending all night fishing on the Sea of Galilee. On the shore they spied a man who asked them how they were doing. He then suggested that they cast their net on the right side of the boat if they wanted to catch some fish. The net immediately was filled with fish. The disciples then knew that the man was Jesus. He told his followers to bring some of the fish and they had a wonderful breakfast with Jesus on the shore.
From this biblical shore lunch we can learn some valuable lessons from our Resurrected Lord. We can learn a lesson about fruitfulness. The disciples had fished all night, trying as skilled fishermen to catch something, but had failed. Jesus gave them a command and when they obeyed it they immediately were fruitful. We must be careful to follow his orders, his words, and his example if we ever expect to catch anything.
Another lesson Jesus teaches us from that meal on the shore is a lesson on fellowship. The disciples may have enjoyed each other’s company, on the boat, but something was missing. When they sat down with the Savior, their fellowship took on a special significance. The sweetness of that meal on the shore was not to be found in the taste of the bread and fish but in the tender presence of the Lord with them. O how we need to be in fellowship with the Lord Jesus. How empty and meaningless our lives become when we leave him out.
Finally a lesson on forgiveness can be learned from our Lord’s words to Peter after that shore lunch. Peter was asked three times if he loved Jesus. Those three statements affirming his love to Jesus corresponded to the three times he denied his Lord. What a tender, compassionate Savior we have who reaches out in our sinfulness and offers us forgiveness and a second chance to serve Him.
What a wonderful meal the disciples enjoyed with Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. More than the taste of bread and fish they tasted the fruitfulness, fellowship, and forgiveness that their Lord served them on that morning. Shall we join them?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation