For all Peter knew he was fired. Sure Jesus had risen from the dead and had appeared to them all. But it was only a matter of time before Jesus was going to ask him to clean out his desk. His rise to the self appointed title of “Chief Disciple” had proved to be an embarrassing period in his work history. Peter sure hoped his next employer wasn’t going to call his references. “Liar!” “Likes to Curse!” “Folds When the Pressure Gets Too Much!” was likely to be what they were going to hear.
Fairly certain he was out of the group… What was he to do? Well a man has to earn a living… so he went back to what he knew… fishing. It wasn’t much, but it was honest work. He lowers his expectations as he lowers his nets.
But,… you know the story. Jesus recreates the events that caused Peter to leave those nets in the first place. And as the other disciples sit on the bank counting fish, Peter sits at the feet of Jesus. And the Master gently restores him to his destiny. Replacing his fishing pole with a shepherd’s crook. His mission statement altered from “Clean those fish” to “Feed my sheep!”
Strange recruitment on the part of Jesus. What does an old fisherman know about being a Shepherd. There will be a learning curve and lots of training ahead. But he had already learned all he needed to know about forgiveness… and second chances… about grace.
With a heart full of joy and amazement, he picks up his lunchbox and begins his second career.
[To Be Continued]