Jn. 21:7: “When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.”
When it came to Jesus, Peter was not afraid to jump!
Only once in the Scriptures do we find Simon afraid and turning his back on Jesus. All other times, he went for it!
In Luke 5, Jesus got into Peter’s boat and was teaching the people on the shore. After He taught, Jesus told Peter to let down his net, and it came up so full of fish that it began to rip. Another boat came to help and the 2 boats were so full that they began to sink…it was madness.
Jesus then asked Peter to come with him to be a “fisher of men.” Peter left everything to follow Jesus.
Another time, the disciples were alone on their boat. There was a bit of rough wind on the sea, and Jesus comes walking by on the water. Peter gets out of the boat, at the Lord’s command, and walks toward Him.
On the morning when Mary Magdalene came to Peter and the other disciple to tell them that the stone had been rolled away from Jesus’ tomb, he and Peter both ran to the tomb. Peter may have been outrun, but the other disciple didn’t go in. He just stood outside of the tomb and looked in. But not Peter. Peter went all the way inside.
And then later, before the scene I described in my last blog. Peter had decided to go fishing. He was on the boat and someone asked from the shore, “Friends, have you caught anything?” When they said no, the man on the shore told them to let down their nets on the right side of the boat. Well, wouldn’t you know it… the net was so full they couldn’t even drag it in.
Jesus’ favorite disciple told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” And out jumped Peter!
Why wait for the boat?
Today’s lesson from Peter: When it comes to God, don’t hesitate…Jump…Leap…Run…Go for it!