After Jesus' death He arose from the grave and appeared to His disciples on several occasions. One day Peter went fishing with a few of his disciple friends. Early in the morning Jesus stood on the shoreline. The disciples did not know that it was Jesus. He asked them if they had caught any fish. They replied "No". Then Jesus told them to throw their nets on the other side and they would find some fish. When they did they were unable to haul the net. John told Peter "It is the Lord". As soon as
Peter heard that it was Jesus, he quickly put on his clothes and jumped into the sea from his boat. He swam as hard and fast as he could to get to Jesus on the shoreline. Once Peter knew that it was Jesus he could not wait to get to Him.
Don't you think it is funny that Peter put on his clothes before he jumped out of the boat in to the water? Most people take their clothes off and swim in shorts. But the scriptures say that Peter put his clothes on.
Peter must have been so excited to hear his best friend's voice that he temporarily lost his mind. Or maybe Peter was just ready to go where ever Jesus would lead. He did not want to have to go back to get anything, including his clothes.
Peter had been one of Jesus' closest disciples. Peter walked on water with Jesus, he lived beside Jesus during His ministry, was with Jesus on the Mountain of Transfiguration, he went to the Mount of Gethsemane with Him, and even cut off an ear of a soldier when they took Jesus away to be crucified. But Peter also let Jesus down when he denied that he knew Jesus to 3 different people after Jesus was arrested. Jesus warned Peter that he would deny Him, and Jesus still forgave Peter.
Peter knew how special it was to be a friend of Jesus.
And now he would not hesitate to get to Jesus as fast as he could. He leaped into the sea and swam as hard and fast as he could to get to the shoreline where his Lord and Best Friend was!
You too can have Jesus as a Best Friend! Someone who will love you even when you do wrong, Someone who will comfort you when you are sad. Someone who will Love you no matter what happens! A friend for life, and when death does come you can live with Jesus forever in Heaven!
When the disciples reached the shore Jesus was already cooking fish on a fire. He told them to bring some of the fish they caught and he cooked them a great dinner of fish.
After they ate Jesus asked "Do you love me, Peter?" And Peter replied, "You know that I love you Lord!" "Then feed my sheep," Jesus said. Twice more during the night Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him. Finally Peter realized that Jesus was going to leave them soon and go to Heaven, and Jesus wanted Peter to be a shepherd to the believers of Jesus, and to guide them and take care of them like a shepherd takes care of his sheep.
Peter became a mighty leader for Jesus. You can read more about Peter's first sermon by by clicking HERE.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. (John 21:3-8)