Are You in the Boat?


My past few sermons have been about the great fish stories of the Gospels: Jesus calling of Peter, Jesus paying a temple tax with a money spiting fish, and the feeding of the 5000 with two fish and five loaves.

This Sunday we are going to be finishing our stories as we hear about Peter in the boat. Jesus is risen and when Peter gets back to Galilee he goes fishing.  He climbs in a fishing boat and fishes all night and catches nothing.   In the morning the disciples encounter the risen Christ for the third time and Jesus calls and challenges Peter to live the greater life he intended for him.  “Do you love me more than these?” “Then feed my lambs.”  What happened to Peter, and why did he go fishing?  Where did God intend for him to be?

What about us?  What can Peter’s boat mean to us?  Do we sometimes loose track of Jesus call to live the greater life?  Does God ever give up on us?   Come Sunday, and we will be thinking about some of these things.