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It’s Time for a Fresh Start

The resurrection of Jesus forgives your past and restores your future.

Introduction: The Story

(Read John 21:1-14)

It was an early morning on the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee. A light haze of fog hung over the water making it hard to see much further than 100 yards out. The resurrected Jesus, who just eight days earlier lay dead in a sealed tomb, was now preparing a charcoal fire on the beach.

After placing some fish and bread over the fire, Jesus calls out to Peter and several of the disciples who were with him, “Hey friends, catch anything?” As a fisherman myself, I hate that question, especially when I’m not catching any fish! Because of the early morning haze, the disciples have no idea it’s Jesus.

The guys on the boat reply, “Ummm, well, not very good. We’ve caught nothing.” All night long they’ve been fishing, it’s daybreak, and it’s about time to call it a day. I’ve been there. I know exactly how they felt. It’s frustrating and embarrassing to fish all day and catch nothing. You’re ready to go home.

Jesus says, “Hey, why don’t you throw your net on the right side of the boat and you’ll find some.” In case you didn’t know this, fishermen are some of the most prideful people you will ever meet. We hate taking fishing advice from others, especially from people who are not fishermen! It was a miracle that they even listened to this stranger, but that’s how tired and frustrated they were. In desperation, they throw the net over the right side of the boat, and as they begin to retrieve it, suddenly the boat leans hard over to the right side and begins taking in water.

Peter yells out to the others in the boat, “Get over here and help me haul it in.” They couldn’t ...

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Rob Hall is the Lead Pastor at New North Church, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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