I think they were suffering a bit of post-Easter depression. Not the kind that comes from too many chocolate eggs or lack of sleep from going to a sunrise service. No, this was the real thing.
Peter and the other apostles had lived an emotional roller coaster that few of us can imagine. Their beloved Teacher, the one they thought was going to be king, had been arrested and killed. Then, a few days later, they learned that He had risen from the dead! They saw Him, ate with Him, then were told to go to Galilee to wait.
It was during that wait that I think they got the blues. Or, if not that, they at least got bored. So Peter suggested they do what they had always done before meeting Jesus: go fishing.
Chapter 21 of the gospel of John tells us how they worked all night without catching anything. A few weeks before, they had been part of the big show. They were the disciples of the Great One, the Maestro, the Messiah. Now they were spending all night throwing nets into cold, dark water, without anything to show for their efforts.
That's when Jesus showed up on the shore. That's when everything changed. That's when one command from His lips filled their nets to the breaking point and almost capsized their boats. That's when Peter and the others knew they were back in the presence of the Risen Lord. Jesus had come to meet these Galilean fishermen at the place they knew best.
How far is it from the temple in Jerusalem to the banks of the Sea of Galilee? It's the same distance as it is from church on Sunday to the office on Monday. It's the distance from Holy Communion to lunch out of a bag. It's the distance from Easter bonnets to oil-soaked coveralls.
Special religious days can be nice for recharging our batteries, but the Christian life is lived out 24/7, both in holy places and on dirty streets. God comes to meet us anywhere and everywhere. He doesn't just wait for us inside a church building on Easter Sunday. He's willing to be there with us, every day of the year.
Jesus came to tell the apostles that it was okay for them to be fishermen. He also came to remind them that they had been called to be fishers of men. God wants to come and make your job a calling, to make your employment a vocation. He wants to make every day a holy day, and every place a sanctuary.
The day we call Easter comes once a year… but today and every day can be just as special! Let God transform your ordinary into something high and holy. Visit www.hopeforlife.org to learn how, or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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