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Presence of the Lord | John 21:7-8

7 Then that disciple (John) whom Jesus loved (esteemed) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer tunic (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea [and swam ashore]. 8 But the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.

John 21:7-8 (AMP)

Who is that?!

They had been fishing all night and caught nothing. It was now daybreak. The disciples had just experienced a miraculous catch of fish through the direction and encouragement of this “stranger” on the shore.

In the midst of the miracle, they focused just on the catch of fish. John is this unnamed disciple whom Jesus loved. He’s referred to himself as this a number of times already. John is the first to turn his attention from the miracle to the miracle worker. He recalled the similar incident when Jesus first called them in Luke 5:1-11 and quickly made the connection to the “stranger” on the shore who had just done the same thing. 

The Lord

Peter, in his do then think  Peter way, puts his outer clothes on and jumps into the water so that he could get to Jesus quickly. Then (and even today) people of that culture wore an inner tunic that went below the knees then 1 or 2 garments on top of that. Peter didn’t think twice about getting soaked nor helping the others with the catch. The presence of His Lord stole his complete attention.

RЯeflection

  • Do we recognize Jesus on the shore of our lives? He is watching and directing. Are we too busy with the work He gave us to do? Maybe we’re too tired. Perhaps we’ve been distracted. 
  • Do we get excited by the presence of Jesus? Do we seek to be in His presence?  If you are interested in a time-tested book on the topic: Practicing the Presence of God.
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