John 21:7 – 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. 8 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.
Jesus was alive, but life was different. Peter had seen the Lord, but things were not the same. The change clearly was more than Peter was prepared to handle so he figured he would solve the problem by just going back to being a fisherman. Its not that he was giving up, but then again… it is like he had lost heart. He had left everything and now was going fishing; something that he knew well. He was probably still dealing with the separation from the Savior and he couldn’t “forget about it”. It was probably comforting for him to fish until he realized it was morning and they had caught nothing. Then they hear a voice saying to cast their nets on the right side and they have fish in abundance. Just like Peter’s first encounter. When he hears it is Jesus, He leaves everything. He forgets what he was doing because that which used to comfort him is no longer his comfort ever since Jesus.
Life can get challenging especially for those of us who have lost someone close to us and then have to continue life without them. Things just do not seem right. In the midst of of the change and overwhelming feelings, Jesus will always show up to change our focus. He wants our attention. No matter what you are doing at that moment, forget about it! If its important, forget about it! Jesus is more important than your habits and your past.
Hebrews 2:6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him?
Today is a remembrance of the day of silence. It was like the world was returning to the silence like the days after the prophet Malachi. Jesus had died! The miracle that were once a norm were no longer visible. This was all because of the words spoken by Jesus to Nicodemus “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”. Yet why would Jesus die for a messed up world? A world that would be willing to beat Him and ridicule Him. Why? This is the same question posed in Hebrews 2:6 – why would God care about a mess?
We look at the world today and the mess that is spreading through various means. Whether physical, mental, emotional there is a constant mess prevalent in this world. So why would God care about a mess?
Because He loves us!!
God cares for the messed up individual just as much as He cares for the one who looks like life has treated them well. He was willing to die and be placed in a tomb so that we could have a Resurrection Sunday. That is the extent of His love. Why would God care? Because if He did not care, there would be no hope for the ones that He created.
Remember that in the middle of your silence… GOD STILL CARES ABOUT YOU!
Luke 23:46 -And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.
This weekend is a weekend of joy when it comes to our salvation, but it was also coupled with pain and suffering. When you think of the gruesome punishment our Saviour endured because of the price of sin, it can bring a tear to your eyes. A perfect King had to suffer for the mistakes of others. The last words Jesus spoke when he was on the cross were not words of anger, but rather words of submission. Jesus was submissive to the will of the Father while He was on the cross even down to His last breath. It makes me think “what are our last words in the midst of a rough storm when we talk to the Father?” Sometimes the storm can be so rough that it dictates our feelings and our words. We must realize that the storm should never dictate to us. The example we have is Jesus when he spoke to the storm “Peace, Be Still!”.
As you take the time to reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross, take the time to examine your last words.