Step Into the Water

Step Into the Water

Journey With Jesus: The Resurrection

Step Into the Water

John 21:1-14, “After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 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. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. Peter Plunges into the sea!

My word to you today,
step in the water.

All this week we have taken pictures and posted them on Facebook, encouraging everyone to step in the water and use that post to invite people to our service today to hear about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can join us today by inviting people to step into the water. Take a picture of your feet stepping into any body of water and Hash tag Step Into The Water.

How many today from all over the KSBJ broadcast area could like Peter in this story jump into the water and run towards Jesus.

The setting: The disciples have seen Jesus two times prior to this event. According to verse 14. Peter proclaims to the other disciples, I am going fishing! We’re going too!

They fished all night and had not caught one fish…sounds like my fishing stories.

Morning comes, Jesus is on the shore but they do not know that it is Him. Children have you any food? Translation: Caught anything? Nope!

Verse 6 “Cast the net on the right side of the boat. You will find some…”

Something very familiar about this:

Luke 5:4-6, “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.

It is so familiar that in verse 7 John says to Peter, “It is the Lord!” That is all Peter needed to hear he was off and into the sea! Water should play a key role in reminding us of what is going on here. This should all feel so familiar.

The Ark.

The Passover and Deliverance from Egypt.

The death on the Cross.

1. We should step into or jump into the water because the resurrected savior means hope is alive.

1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

In other words because Christ is alive and we have hope. We are going to live forever. We are going to see our loved ones again they are with Christ. A better day is coming.

Our preaching has life. Our faith has life. And we have hope!

2. We should step into or jump into the water because the resurrected savior means our enemy is defeated.

Colossians 2:12-15, “buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The World, the flesh and the devil. Last enemy is death.

3. We should step into or jump into the water because the resurrected savior means all of are dreams can live.

John 21:15-17, “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Peter jumped into the water his dreams had been dashed when he denied the Lord three times and forsook him. Now for the third time the Lord has shown Himself alive to him.

Jesus walks him through through three sets of do you love me.

Restoring every denial.

The dreams that God has put in your heart can live.

He has restored you all that you have ever done wiped clean.


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