“Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.” John 21:10-11
Jesus provided the great nets full of fish,
but still asked the disciples to bring something to the table.
God will generously supply what we need,
not so we can hoard it,
but to use His provision for the good of the body.
153 large fish.
It’s a curious detail.
Who counted them all?
Was it one of the fishermen, James or John, incredulous at the record haul? Or Thomas, needing to know the exact number to believe it? Or Nathanael, who thought, “Can anything this good come from this lake?” Or was it Matthew, one of the “other disciples”, who couldn’t resist counting and categorizing and recording numbers?
Three years earlier, the miraculous catch
began to break the nets and sink the boats.
Not this time.
Jesus was giving His “fishers of men” a glimpse of the future.
The Word would be cast out to the nations
and it would not come back empty.
The harvest would be plentiful, beyond count, from the ends of the earth.
The unsinkable, unbreakable Kingdom had come.