Back to work


John 21 v1-4


“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 realise that it was Jesus.”

Here are 7 disciples hanging around in their post-resurrection blessing.

Things are not the same. What are they meant to be doing now? Their master was always with them but now He shows up when He wants to.

Peter went back to work. He went back to what he knew. “We can fish. Let’s fish.”

Are you one of those going back to work this week?

Type ‘back to work’ into Google and you can read websites dealing with:

What was it like for those who had to?

Shall I return to work? Your rights …

Do I have to go back to work after lockdown?

It may not be work but you will soon be going back to something that you once had or did.

There is much posturing on what life will be like post-lockdown living in a world with a virus which has yet no vaccination.

There are things we would run back to very quickly and perhaps some things we wouldn’t want to go back to.

Unless Jesus returns the world will most probably return to a new adapted norm which we will fit into and live again. Post 9/11 the world changed but we learned to live in that change and the same will happen. Come Lord Jesus. My hope is that we will have learnt lessons in lockdown that we will put into action which will make our world better. We will burst out of lockdown loving God more and loving each other in a way Christ loves.

One thing they were to soon realise which they hadn’t learnt. Jesus had told them that “apart from me you can do nothing” (15 v5). How often we fall into doing things without any thought of His presence? They were fishermen, they had the right skills, they were fishing at the right time, but they caught nothing.

In a beautiful scene that we will discover over this next week Jesus stands on the shore waiting for them as they come back with nothing.

As we emerge from lockdown in the next weeks and months to come let us go back with the presence of God. For without Him there is nothing to go back for.

Maybe that is how you describe yourself now. You have nothing. You have tried. But your hands are empty. You have nothing to show for your efforts. Jesus specialises in these moments. Meeting people with nothing in their hands is the moment Jesus is about to give them something. If you look across the shore there is someone waiting for you. Don’t miss Him.

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