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The Day after the Resurrection

FishingYesterday was Resurrection Sunday.  If you’re like most Christians, you went to church to celebrate this world-changing event.  I hope you had a great time of praise and worship to our God.

My question is this: What happens the next day?  How does the reality of the resurrection of Christ affect the rest of your walk with Him?

Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.  “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
John 21:2-3

This is a very interesting event in the lives of the disciples.  What arrests my attention, is that this happened after the events of the first day of the week.

They decided to go fishing after Mary came running to them with the news that she had seen the risen Lord.  It was also after Jesus came to them in their apartment.  It was after Thomas was told to touch the wounds in Jesus’ hands, feet, and side.

I would understand it if they had not yet know about the resurrection.  But at this point they were well acquainted with the risen Lord.  Why did they go back to the same old routine?  Especially since fishing is what they did before they had even met Jesus.

Where are we today?  Are we stuck in the same old stuff we’ve always been doing?  It’s funny just how like the disciples we seem to be.

It was in this setting that the disciples had another encounter with the risen Lord.  This time He broke into their everyday world and turned it upside down.  They realized that they couldn’t even go fishing without the help of the Lord.

This is the moment when Jesus told Peter, “Feed My sheep.”

Everything changed.  There was no going back.  Because of the resurrection, the very course of their lives was changed.

What about us?  Yesterday, we celebrated the Risen Lord.  How does it affect us today?  How can we live a “normal” life knowing what Christ has accomplished?

Allow the truth of the resurrection to fill your thoughts.  Don’t just consign it to one Sunday a year.  Let it set you on a new course.  A course that will turn the world upside down.

Question: How does the resurrection of Christ affect what you do today?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Encouragement

 

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