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Summary: As we wait on the Lord, HE wants us to learn the lessons of obeying HIm completely, Loving Him implicitly and following Him wholeheartedly.

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GOING FISHING WITH JESUS

John 21

INTRODUCTION

I think by now you know that I am not much of a fisherman.

That does not mean I dislike fishing. It only reflects the lack of opportunities I had growing up. And unfortunately, not many of those experiences were very positive.

As I thought about it, I do believe that the source of my reticence of fishing goes back to my growing up years in a Swedish household.

Every year, like clockwork on Christmas day, my father and grandfather would get up early Christmas Day morning, to attend the Swedish Lutheran Church in toronto and then come home for a ‘yummy plate of LUTEFISK.

What is LUTEFISK, you may ask? Well, let me tell you what it is.

ILLUSTRATION: Lutefisk every Christmas

It is said that about half the Swedes who immigrated to America and Canada came in order to escape the hated lutefisk, and the other half came to spread the gospel of lutefisk's wonderfulness.

Lutefisk (pronounced LEWD-uh-fisk) is dried cod that has been soaked in a lye solution for several days to rehydrate it. It is then boiled or baked and served with butter, salt, and pepper. The finished lutefisk usually is the consistency of Jello. It is also called lyefish, and in the United States and Canada, Swedish/Norwegian-Americans traditionally serve it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In many Swedish homes, lutefisk takes the place of the Christmas turkey.

Believe me, once a year was quite enough. It usually took until Easter for the smell to leave the house.

In the last chapter of John's Gospel, Simon Peter and several others of Jesus' disicples decide to go fishing. All night they fish and catch nothing. Then Jesus appears on the shore and calls out, "Throw the net out to right and you'll find something" (Jn. 21:6). They follow the instructions and immediately catch more fish than they can handle, at which point, John cries out, "It is the Lord." Then Peter jumps into the water and rushes to Jesus. When the other disciples come ashore, they see that Jesus has some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus says to them "Come and have breakfast" (Jn. 21:12).

Let’s read the story together and watch as the story unfolds

Read John 21

In our first few verses, we see it was time to…

I. GET BACK TO WORK! (1-3)

The story begins with the disciples obediently waiting for the Lord in Galilee.

Waiting and waiting and waiting—just as they were told to do.

Nothing was happening. No one seemed to know exactly how long they were supposed to wait there. Some may have begun to wonder if they had misunderstood the instructions. Surely he would have come by now. These disciples are no longer depressed and defeated as they had been right after Calvary. The tragedy of the cross had been turned to the triumph of the resurrection. They have seen the resurrected Christ. Their recent experiences with the Lord had been wonderful. But what exactly did all this mean? What were they supposed to do? I think they were very uncertain as to what they should do next.


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