“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore.” John 21:4
After Jesus rose from the dead He appeared to His disciples at various times over a period of forty days. One of those times was by the Sea of Galilee. Peter and several of the disciples had spent the night fishing but had caught nothing. As day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore but the disciples did not know it was Jesus. The Lord asked whether they had any fish. They said No. Jesus told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and they would find some. Sure enough, they did—more fish almost than their net could bear. At that point the disciples came to the realization that it was Jesus on the shore. They brought their boat and net full of fish ashore (Simon Peter swam his way in!) and soon they were sitting around a charcoal fire, having breakfast served by Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior.
What a joy during the season of Easter to read the exciting accounts of how the Lord showed Himself to His disciples! Our own faith in Jesus grows stronger each time we hear these stories. This story in particular teaches us not only that Jesus is risen, it also serves to remind us that Jesus knows our needs while we live in this world, and that He supplies those needs, even though we are neither deserving of this loving care nor worthy of it. By His grace alone, Jesus who supplied fish to the disciples and fed them with breakfast that morning also supplies us with food and drink and life’s necessities day by day.
More than that, Jesus supplies us with spiritual nourishment through His means of grace, the Word and sacraments. When we hear Christ’s Word, such as during our weekly worship services, the Holy Spirit turns us in repentance from our sins to the God who loves us. The Holy Spirit uses the Word to keep us strong and steadfast in our faith in Christ. He soothes guilty consciences through the forgiveness of sins, He comforts the lonely by the reminder of His constant presence and unchanging love, and He encourages faint hearts with the promise of the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
As each new day breaks in your life, there is Jesus, on the shore. He who died for you now lives to supply all your needs in this life until we feast with Him in glory.
Every day, Jesus, You show me in marvelous ways; Your love and Your care. I thank you for bodily and temporal gifts and especially also for the spiritual and eternal gifts that come through the Word and sacraments, all on account of Your death for me on the cross, and Your resurrection. Amen.