Thursday, February 16, 2012

Leiutenant Dan

A familiar movie and a familiar scene to most:

During the war, Leuitenant Dan promised to watch over Forrest.  He did.  He promised that when Forrest got his boat, that Dan would come back.  He did.  Dan promised that he would be first mate to Forrest.  He did.  He was true to his word. 

Remember this story?
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
As you can see, the movie scene retells the story found in John chapter 21 with some level of accuracy. Jesus had told his disciples that He would return and bring help. Not knowing when this would happen, they began to return to the lives they once new and went fishing. One morning after a dismal night of hard work at the nets, they returned to shore tired, empty-handed, and no doubt dejected.

Fast forward to the part where John recognized Jesus and shouts the news.  Peter, with no thought for anything other than reaching the risen Christ jumped into the water and got to the shore as quickly as possible.  While the others were counting fish, Jesus made breakfast.  After all that he had endured, he still served them.

I can only imagine Jesus' words?  "I told you I'd come didn't I?"

There are many layers to this story in the Gospel of John, but the one I want to focus on here is that Jesus is true to His word. When Jesus makes a promise, He keeps it.  When He says He'll show up, he arrives at just the right time.  When He says He will care for His sheep, He will, and He does.

Take a look at a few of the promises God makes to us:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
(Psalm 23 ESV)
Provision, rest, peace, restoration, guidance, victory over the fear of evil, comfort, anointing, abundance, goodness, mercy, eternal rest.

No wonder Peter jumped in the water!