Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
The disciples were fishermen at heart. Fishing was what they had known. It was something they were sure about, maybe even something they could find comfort in amidst the sadness and confusion, all the changes they were facing. But this was not a time for them to give up on the work Christ had started in them. It was not a time to return to something old and familiar that they had once left behind. It was not time to go back to simply catching fish when they were to move forward in the work of fishing for men, casting out a wide net to draw others to the Lord.
But Jesus will come to them yet again. He will once again watch their struggle in the boat and the empty nets they pull from the water. He will meet them here again on the shore where He first called them to follow after Him. And He will minister to them one more time, provide for their need, satisfy their hunger and draw them near into His fellowship, that sweet fellowship of walking and talking with Him that surely they still longed for.
And when we find ourselves turning back to something we’ve left behind, when we are dealing with discouragement and seek out some kind of solace in something familiar, Jesus will come again to us and seek to satisfy that longing in our hearts. When we turn back instead of continuing forward, Jesus will be there waiting for us to remind us of His love and encourage us to keep going. When we go back to toiling in our own strength and come up empty, Jesus will be there to meet every need and fill us once again to overflowing.
Jesus was going to be ascending to heaven and would not be with the disciples bodily as He had been before. Now they had to learn to rely on the Spirit within. They had to trust the promises that Jesus had given them. They had to remember what He had taught them during the few years He was with them. And if we’re going to continue in our walk of faith, we have to learn those same lessons. We have to rely on His Spirit that dwells within each of us. We have to take His promises to heart and apply them to our own lives. We have to learn of Him, study His Word, and always keep growing in Him. And we must always remember that no matter where we end up, Jesus will find us there and minister to the specific needs of our hearts.