The disciples have gotten over the worst of their fears, and at least they’re not meeting in locked rooms anymore. They’ve seen the resurrected Jesus twice, and now they’ve gone back home to do what they know how to do. Fish. It’s no secret that I like the disciples because so many of them are fishermen. When first reading this passage it is tempting to think the disciples have really messed things up, again. After all they saw and did with Jesus leading them, they have headed back home to take up old careers?! They have been called to fish for people, and here they are fishing for fish again. Surely there is a message in there for us about when we enjoy the Easter season, and then turn around and simply return to our old ways. (This does happen in the second half of chapter of John 21 when Jesus instructs them to get back to building the kingdom, but in the first half we see Jesus offer mercy.)The disciples, professional fishermen, are having a terrible evening. They’re probably still nervous about the religious and civil authorities who might come after them. Still shook up by Jesus’ death on the cross. Still confused and pondering the meaning of the resurrection. And now they can’t even catch any fish. We wouldn’t blame them if they ignored the guy on the shore giving them fishing pointers. And yet, the disciples do listen and follow the instructions. This may define the disciples’ positive characteristics more than any other, they are open to change and new things. That’s an important lesson for us too. Following Jesus can lead to a life full of surprising twists and turns, but when we encounter the risen Christ in those twists joy will overcome of us and have us jumping out of our boats too!