Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty


Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

13th October 2013

‘…the net…was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn’. (John 21:11 NIV)

It’s always puzzled me – Who counted the fish?

It seems such a strange thing to do when you consider what’s happened.

The disciples went fishing in a boat at night but hadn’t caught anything. They are returning to shore when a stranger on the beach asks if they had caught anything and suggests where to cast their net in order to find some fish.

When they do as the stranger suggests the catch is so big the disciples are unable to haul the net in. Peter realises that the stranger is Jesus and off he goes splashing his way to shore followed by the disciples in the boat.

When they got there Jesus was preparing breakfast and asked them to bring some of the fish they had caught, and so they dragged the net ashore.

Now having landed the net, seeing Jesus is ready to eat with them and no doubt teach them some important things, not least the restoration and commissioning of Peter, who is going to take the time to count the fish?

Can you imagine someone saying, ‘wait just a minute Jesus, I’ve just got to count the fish first. One, two, three, just keep the fire going, four five, hold that thought for a moment, nearly finished’?

In truth it probably didn’t happen that way. More likely as they were later preparing the fish for sale they counted how many to determine how much money they were going to make. But it is still strange why John included the number in his account.

Down through the years there have been many theories put forward as to what the number 153 represents. You pay your money and make your choice, but at the end of the day it’s impossible to be dogmatic about it.

So why mention it at all?

Perhaps the significant thing is that even with such a huge catch of fish the net wasn’t torn. It was able to contain all the fish caught.

And isn’t that true of God’s Kingdom? There’s room for Peter who denied Christ, room for the disciples who ran away from Christ and room for you and me whatever we might have done.

The net result is that there is room for everyone.


Father, thank you that Jesus died for all humanity, and that there is room for everyone in your family. We don’t want to go fishing on our own so please show us where to cast our net so that people may be brought to the beach to have breakfast with you.

Have a good week fishing with Jesus,

Pastor Barry

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