At Galilee

Perhaps during that first week of the Resurrection there were other appearances of Christ which have gone unrecorded; but through them all there had run one command. The excitement and distraction of Jerusalem were unfitted for that quiet teaching and explanation which the risen Master had still to give; therefore He bade the apostles return to Galilee and there expect Him. They obeyed; they resumed in Galilee the ordinary occupations by which they had once earned their bread. Then one night when Peter and Thomas, and James and John, and some others had been fishing in vain, they returned in the morning toward the shore, outworn and disappointed. And there stood Jesus on the strand!
At first they did not know Him; but, even as He had done in the first early days, He bade them cast their nets again. A miraculous draft followed; and John cried to Peter, “It is the Lord.” Peter cast himself into the water, too eager to await the slower movement of the boat, and reached the shore. The others followed with the load of fish. A fire was burning on the strand with fish and bread; and Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.”
It was as though the old simple, happy days were come again.


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