Getting out of the Boat.

Series: Easter with Traders Point | Week 2: Back from Failure

Day Two John 21:7-14

7 “Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It’s the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. 8 The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. 9 When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. 10 'Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,' Jesus said. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. 12 'Now come and have some breakfast!' Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, 'Who are you?' They knew it was the Lord. 13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. 14 This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.” John 21:7-14 (NLT)


1. What do you learn about Peter’s personality from this first verse (see another similar incident here)?
2. What does Jesus invite the disciples to come and do with Him?
3. What do you imagine might be going through the minds of the disciples to see their resurrected leader yet again?

When Peter arrives on the shore, he is most likely taken back to the last time he stood around a charcoal fire – his moment of denial, not a pleasant memory. Despite his earlier failure, though, Peter is still the same Peter – so excited to see Jesus and to get to Him that he jumps out of the boat to do so. Take some time now to ask God if He may be calling you to something similar. Is it time to get out of a boat to get to Jesus, even if everyone else in your boat is staying put? Ask Him to help you put your past failures behind you and step out in obedience and faith.

For Further Reading: How to Know Whether You’re Trusting God or Just Being Stupid

For Families with Kids at Home
Today, pray for the faith of your kids and specifically for their trust in Jesus when it feels difficult to trust him. What areas of their lives do you sense might be hard for them to trust Jesus?

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