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Daily Reading: 6th April 2016

John 21.7

7 Then the disciples whom Jesus loved said (says) to Simon Peter: “It is the Lord”. Then Simon Peter hearing that it is the Lord, put on his outer garment, for he was naked, and threw himself into the sea. 

The disciple whom Jesus loved, John, realized that the person calling to them was the Lord. We can presume that he realized this because of his personal experience of Jesus in the similar incident, as we have seen in Luke chapter 5.

Throughout our life there will be many times when our history with Jesus will lead us to see that His presence is with us at all times.

All that happens to us, all the circumstances that we face are never occasions when Jesus is not with us.

The believers in Jesus are not subject to the winds of fortune, because Jesus is our Lord. He is the Lord of our circumstances. The followers of Jesus are not subject to any kind of luck, because Jesus directs our paths and the course we should take.

The promise of Jesus is very clear in Matthew 28.20:

“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” – (NLT).

We cannot be certain if Simon Peter was completely naked. It is suggested that he would have been wearing a loin cloth around himself, which would have been a practical necessity. Maybe the other disciples were similarly dressed if they were also engaged in fishing.

When Peter realized that it was Jesus standing on the sea shore he puts on his outer garment. He felt physically exposed in the presence of Jesus.

We can recall that this is how Adam and Eve felt:

At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves – Genesis 3.7 (NLT).

They had jointly eaten of the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat.

Their sin opened their eyes to their nakedness and brought them into shame, and they made efforts to cover themselves.

What Peter was doing was not sinful, however, in the presence of Jesus he felt a shame at being exposed before Jesus. Therefore, he put on his outer garment.

We are constantly in the presence of Jesus; therefore, everything about us is exposed. He knows all about us. Our covering is the blood of Jesus, which cleanses us from all wrong doing – Hallelujah.

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