What Jesus Did! 'By the Familiar Sea' — John 21:1

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Later, Jesus showed himself again to his followers. This was by Lake Tiberias (Galilee). This is how it happened:
— John 21:1 NLT
Illustration of John 21:1 NLT — Later, Jesus showed himself again to his followers. This was by Lake Tiberias (Galilee). This is how it happened:

Key Thought

Jesus appears to his disciples again, this time in a very familiar place—the Sea of Galilee. For several of the apostles, this was the place they had fished, lived, collected taxes, and built their lives. This was also the place Jesus had found them and captured their heart. In many ways, at this familiar place, Jesus would rekindle their sense of mission and ministry just like he had at first. Do you have a place where the Lord has been very real to you in the past? A familiar place where you have met him in quiet time or he has touched you in some way? If not, I hope you will work to find such a place. If so, I would encourage you to go back to that place from time to time and let him renew, restore, and recall you to your life's mission and ministry!

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, my heavenly Father, stir in me a holy passion to serve and honor you. I cannot manufacture that passion on my own, but I need the power of your Spirit and a deeper sense of your abiding presence in my life. Give me spiritual discernment so I can more clearly see the direction you are calling me to serve you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:35-39
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10
  • Colossians 1:28-29


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.