The waves lapped gently onto the rocky shoreline. The lake shimmered and sparkled as the morning sun, still low in the sky, climbed higher in the sky. A gentle breeze rustled the reeds behind me, and blew my hair back from my face as I stood looking at the glistening water.
This is where Jesus appeared for a third time to his disciples. Jesus watched his disciples from the same shoreline where I stood.
Peter’s boat was not far from the shore. Fish like warmer shallower waters, and Peter had fished all night.
Jesus beckoned for the disciples to come and join him, and he made breakfast for the bunch of hungry fishermen. Through his last moments, Jesus was serving those who followed him.
On the beach around a fire Jesus asked Peter the same question three times—“Do you love me?” Then Jesus gave Peter three commands: Feed my lambs, care for my sheep, and feed my sheep.
Just like Jesus had fed and cared for Peter.
A statue stands nearby. It shows Jesus handing a shepherd’s staff to Peter and symbolizes Jesus passing on the baton.
Peter is to shepherd people and no longer catch fish. Peter is to take up where Jesus left off. A big uncomfortable calling.
The little towns scattered around the north west corner of the Sea of Galilee and the countryside overlooking the lake is where Jesus spent much of his ministry.
This is Jesus country.
Jesus based himself out of Capernaum, a fishing community, a little further north. We see where Peter lived, and the synagogue remains where Jesus taught.
We walked down the hillside over looking the lake where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. We visited Magdala, another village, to see a first century fishing vessel that once sailed Galilee.
Lysa TerKeurst pointed out as we sat on the beach that Peter was comfortable being a fisherman. Yet, on the same beach in the early morning around a fire, Jesus turned Peter from a fisherman into a shepherd.
But before he did, Jesus prepared breakfast for Peter. He fed and cared for Peter to ready him for the task ahead.
Often, Jesus takes us from where we are comfortable and asks us to be uncomfortable for him. But just as Jesus readied Peter, we can be confident that he has readied us – has equipped us to do all he has called us to do.
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