It's Jesus!

John 21:7

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Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and cast himself into the sea.

John 21:7, LSB

For Peter and John, Jesus was not only God and Lord but their friend. When John recognized Jesus he cried out and Peter was so enraptured with emotion that he could not wait to get the boat ashore. He jumped in and swam to be by the side of Jesus. Peter was not a perfect follower. He made mistakes because of the sinfulness that remained in him, but after the Resurrection and the filling of the Holy Spirit there was nothing that he held from God. For followers of Christ, barriers that we build up that keep us protected from being hurt from relationships are torn down. The divisions that we like to keep weaken and fall away. As the Word of God consumes us, it consumes the remnants of the sinful self and draws us deeper into Christ. That ugly, old Adam will try to rear its ugly head and fill us with hurt and doubt, but when we lay it all down and dive into the waters holding nothing back, we will find Christ with His arms wide open to receive us and remove all those things that were once thought to be important and give us His peace.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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