April 3, 2016- Sermon: “The Second Greatest Fish Story In All The Bible” (Steve Elliott)
Date: April 3, 2016
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: John 21:1-17
“A great hope fell,
You heard no noise,
The ruin was within.
O cunning wreck
That told no tale
And let no witness in.” -Emily Dickinson
Now Peter is no longer so certain of what he knows… what he thought he knew about Jesus.
The French have a word for it: ennui… a moment in time without any real sense of purpose.
Peter’s reasoning skills bring his thought to a totally unsurprising end. “I’m going back to my familiar default. I’m going fishing.”
For him to be walking on water with Jesus in a storm was safer than any boat he could ever be in. Until of course he got his eyes off of Jesus and onto his circumstances.
Eating your own words never tasted so bitter. Not that any of us have ever over promised ourselves to Jesus and later had to eat our words.
Peter follows at a distance. He is close enough to be curious but not near enough to be committed.
Wisdom comes suddenly to a man who has cornered himself.
But maybe he wept because the great hope that fell was himself.
This is precisely where Jesus wants to meet us: in the middle of our disappointment.
He’s never far away or absent or disinterested in the falling of your great hopes. Even when, especially when, the great hope that fell was us.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
In John 21 Jesus demonstrates that Kingdom life happens in the middle of everyday life.