Category : Newsletter Blurb
It was a pretty emotional weekend for the disciples of Jesus. They had really believed they were heading towards victory in Jerusalem. Then there was the shock of Jesus’ capture and their betrayal and abandonment of him. Judas hanged himself; Peter lingered around to see what happened but ended up denying Jesus. The rest of them were scattered. Finally the disciples decide to go fishing.
Probably to most of us who live in Hamilton, fishing is recreation. But to the disciples, fishing represented going back to their lives before Jesus. Jesus had called them off their boats and into his service. From peasant fisherman to disciples of the future King is a big promotion. So it must have been a dejected, sad sort of fishing trip. But then, unexpectedly, Jesus turns up again! It’s really him, nail-holes and all. Talk about emotional rollercoaster.
Sometimes I have these awesome emotionally charged times and they’re followed by a big slump – or even just a flat kind of feeling. Sometimes that slump or flatness makes me wonder if the high emotion was real, or if I’d done something wrong that I didn’t feel it anymore.
Part of the beauty of Jesus’ resurrection is that yes, it is dramatic and high-energy and exciting, but it is also an assurance that Jesus is still alive regardless of how I feel in any given moment. That I feel flat is not because Jesus is no longer present, but an opportunity to discover the presence of Jesus in a new way, like over breakfast. John 21:1-14
Where is Jesus in the mundane reality of your life this week?