Day 21, Chapter 21
“After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.” (John 21:1, ESV)
Even at the first line of John 21, my heart’s ache is pricked. Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples, affirming that He was, indeed, alive. Jesus showed up in the flesh, in the midst of the disciples’ everyday tasks and made the ordinary something special. Jesus multiplied the efforts of their labor, they ate breakfast together, and Jesus spoke words of restoration and vision. How my heart longs for such an encounter today!
I’m guessing the disciples were weary—it had been a crazy exhausting week. Everything had changed but they didn’t know what the change meant. I’m guessing they were disoriented and unsure of what was next. And Jesus met them, caring for their stomachs and their souls.
All of us go through stretches like this. Just because they are common to the human experience, however, doesn’t make them fun to experience. Seeing Jesus—meeting with Him, hearing His words of restoration and vision—is the only thing that gets me through weary times. I’ve not seen Jesus in the flesh, but I have had undeniable encounters. Jesus has met me on the shores of my own confusion, where He has made a feast for me out of my sorrow, where He has restored my faith and vision. Because He’s met me before, I trust He will again.
And so today, I will wait, trusting in something James said:
“Count it all joy, my brothers,when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2–4, ESV)
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And that wraps our 21 Days study in John’s Gospel . . . I meant for this to end tomorrow, July 31, but I guess I started a day too early? (because NUMBERS) Come back tomorrow for a recap. Thanks for joining me!