Discourses After Death: A Catch To Remember

Shortly before I moved to Chattanooga, some friends in the Church took me frog hunting. I will never forget what it was like on the boat that day with 3 Cajuns from the Bayou. We were about 1 ½ from the land in the marsh waiting for it to get completely dark. Around 10, we put our hardhats with spotlights attached that had 2 cords running to batteries stored on the boat. Cajun engineering at its best. We turned those spotlights on and I could see thousands of little. Eyes. I said, “look at all the frogs. Jesse said, “that’s not frogs, that’s alligators.” red eyes were bad. Pearl eyes were frogs. One guy leaned over the bow, the other sat on the chest with open hands to receive the frogs. I asked, “where is the gig?” he said, “you have two of them: your hands.” for the next 5 to 6 hours we caught frogs right next to alligators—450 to be exact. Jesse and jason said they have never caught that many before or since that day. I was the most anxious and excited at the same time. Especially when the boat got stuck in the middle of the swamp. I have been out looking for frogs since then, but nothing compares to the night we caught 450 frogs. The disciples had a night to remember. They went fishing and didn’t catch anything. That was, until someone from the shore instructed them to throw their nets on the other side. They hauled in 153 fish in one cast. My goal today is to show you the importance of abiding the power of Christ to carry out the Great Commission. This section is a picture of the process of evangelism. John 21:1–14, “after this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples by the sea of tiberias. He revealed himself in this way: 2 Simon Peter, thomas (called “twin”), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 “I’m going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them. “we’re coming with You,” they told him. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 when daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know it was Jesus. 5 “men,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?” “no,” they answered. 6 “cast the net on the right side of the boat,” He told them, “and you’ll find some.” so they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. 7 therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, “it is the Lord!” when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer garment around him (for he was stripped) and plunged into the sea. 8 but since they were not far from land (about 100 yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. 9 when they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 “bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus told them. 11 so Simon Peter got up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish—153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 “come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask him, “who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. 14 this was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. Read More
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