Lads, caught no fish?

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” John 21:4‭-‬5 NRSV

Children! These were young lads. And what happens next is they listen to Jesus who remains on the shore, and catch 153 fish.

Then the resurrected Jesus eats with them. If we put ourselves in the picture, this dawn encounter may have a sense of holiday, after all they knew Jesus was with them, they were amongst the blessed. One thing remained, the comissioning of Peter.

Peter had denied Jesus three times and Jesus draws him into forgiveness, with a warning that his life would see him killed standing up for Jesus. Again we put ourselves into the picture and this is what we see.

He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
John 21:17 NRSV

The holiday atmosphere turns into what appears to me to be a sulk. The young lad Peter is growing up.

Being a maths teacher 153 is a wonderful number. It’s the cube of all its digits summed. It is a triangular number as are each of its digits and more. I think though, the meaning of the precise number may be because the lads counted the fish. Wouldn’t you?
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