IMAGINE BEING ONE OF THE DISCIPLES who were privileged to be with Christ Jesus during his brief career. You experience firsthand the Master's love for the multitudes that followed him. You witness the many healings he performed. You see him raise the dead and hear him instruct you to do the same. And after your Master's crucifixion, you're in awe when you realize that he himself rose from the grave.
And yet, here you are one morning after Jesus' resurrection, out fishing with the other disciples. You aren't catching anything, and you feel adrift, in danger of getting caught up in old routines that you had outgrown.
A man calls to you from the shore and tells you to throw nets on the right side of the ship. When you do, the nets are so full of fish that you can barely drag them in. Then the man beckons you to come ashore and share a meal with him. You see a fire of coals and some fish and bread. You know from the way your heart burns in you that this man is the Master. And when he says, "Come and dine," John 21:12. you are sure of it.