At another time, Jesus appeared to His disciples at the Sea of Galilee. One evening, Peter said to six of the other disciples. “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come, too.” They said.
All night long they fished. They threw the net over one side, then over the other. No matter where they fished, the net always came back empty. Finally, the long night of wasted work was over. When the sun was just coming up, the men decided to come back to shore. As they neared the beach, they saw a man waving at them.
“Hello there!” He called out. “Have you caught any fish?”
“No, not even one!” They shouted back.
“Try again, throw the net over the right side of the boat, then you’ll find some!”
The men did as He said and were amazed! The net was so full, they could not even haul the catch on board. John looked toward the shore again and gasped at Peter. “It’s the Lord!”
When Peter heard this, he dove into the sea. Peter swam as hard as he could toward the beach while the other disciples brought in the boat. They dragged the net behind them and as they came closer, they saw Jesus already had a fire burning. He was cooking fish and warming bread for them.
“Bring Me some of the fish you’ve just caught.” He said.
When the others came to shore, Peter helped them drag the net onto the beach. As he did so, he was astonished at the catch. Over a hundred fish strained against the net, yet it did not tear.
Jesus said to them. “Come and have breakfast.”
That morning Jesus helped the disciples catch a net full of fish. After they had eaten, He stayed and talked with the disciples. Jesus called Peter over to His side.
“Peter, do you really love me, do you love me more than these other men do?”
“Yes, Lord. You know that I love You.” Peter replied.
“Feed my lambs.” Jesus told him, then He asked the same question again. “Peter, do you really love me?”
“Yes, Lord. You know that I love You.”
“Take care of my sheep.” Jesus said and a third time He asked. “Peter, do you love me?”
Peter felt sad that Jesus asked him the same question three times. He could still remember that terrible night when Jesus was arrested. Three was the number of times Peter had told others that he knew nothing about Jesus. He sighed. “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love You.”
“Feed my sheep.” Jesus answered. It would be Peter’s job to lead the disciples of Jesus. He would be one of the leaders in the years to come.