Fisherman's Blessing 2015
This Preaching in Shorts message is for our 2015 Fisherman’s Blessing.
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Last year at our Fisherman’s Blessing we talked about the fact that Jesus likes fisherman. It is very possible that seven of the twelve disciples were fisherman. Fisherman have some great qualities. They keep at the ready. All of the fisherman were busy when Jesus called them to follow. They were either casting, preparing or washing their nets.
They are patient. Fisherman sometimes have to wait for things to happen. Let’s just give this spot a few more minutes before we move along.
Fisherman go fishing expecting to catch something.
They have courage. Bad weather, deep waters, etc. I watch deadliest catch sometimes. No way.
Today we are going to look at Jesus relating to His fisherman disciples and see what we can learn.
John 21:1-6 (NIV)
1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “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. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Seven of the disciples were together at this time. Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John (the sons of Zebedee), and two others whose names are not mentioned.
Peter decides to go fishing and the others agree to go with him. They fish all night and don’t catch anything. Jesus asks them a great question. “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
Have you caught any fish? How’s that going for you?
They were tired or perhaps weary. They were unsettled. They were frustrated.
Many of us can relate to those feelings.
Jesus asks the question even though He already knows what they need.
Matthew 6:8 (NIV)
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
He already knew the answer, but He wanted them to share their need.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Before Jesus can fill us with His power, we must admit that we are empty.
1. Are you tired or weary?
There is a difference between tired and weary. If you are tired, often times all you need is a snack and a nap. If you are weary, you need to ask the Lord for strength.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
2. Are you unsettled?
That feeling of not being able to be at rest. It’s like juggling plates.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
3. Are you frustrated?
I wonder what the disciples really wanted to say when they were asked if they had caught anything.
Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Peter gives us a nice fishing illustration with the next verse.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.