“Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” He told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. Therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” John 21:6-7 HCSB
I was at the Ryder Cup golf tournament watching the golfers play when I noticed a famous golfer in the gallery. There he was, world famous golfer, Tom Watson. I grabbed my golf hat and a pen and quickly got his autograph. I was not at all expecting to see Tom Watson but was excited to recognize him from a distance and converse with him.
The disciples had gone fishing. They were not expecting to see Jesus. They were far enough out in the lake that the person on shore was not recognizable. These professional fishermen had been fishing all night and had not caught anything. Just imagine how dejected they must have felt when some guy on shore told them to cast their net on the other side of the boat and they would catch something. They must have thought, “Who is this guy to tell us how to fish?” They may have even thought, “Let’s show this guy. Let’s cast the net on the other side and prove that there are no fish out here.” It was not until they began to pull up the fishing net full of fish that they realized the person on shore was the Lord. John could not physically recognize Jesus but spiritually he realized that only Jesus could have miraculously brought that many fish into their nets.
Challenge: Have you recognized Jesus as Lord? He stands on the shore of your life ready to bring a miracle into your life, if you will only recognize Him as Lord.