Jn.21:4 – But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
This is quite a mysterious story recorded in John’s gospel. Obviously, it is intended to awaken thoughts from that original call on Peter, James, and John when Jesus just about sank their boat with a supernatural harvest of fish. In this story, Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead but apparently the disciples were sort of aimlessly getting by from one day to the next. They had only seen the Lord briefly two times and life seemed to be going on. You would have to say this was a difficult time for the disciples. You know; life family and all the other stuff never stops. All of that aimlessness and worry was gone in a moment when Jesus suddenly revealed Himself on the beach. “Throw your net on the other side”. There they were again awestruck at His provision. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this scene.
“When the morning was now come, after a fruitless night’s toil, Jesus stood on the shore. Christ’s time of making himself known to his people is when they are most at a loss. When they think they have lost themselves, he will let them know that they have not lost him. Weeping may endure for a night; but joy comes, if Christ comes, in the morning. Christ appeared to them, not walking upon the water, because, being risen from the dead, he was not to be with them as he had been; but standing upon the shore, because now they were to make towards him. Some of the ancients put this significancy upon it, that Christ, having finished his work, was got through a stormy sea, a sea of blood, to a safe and quiet shore, where he stood in triumph; but the disciples, having their work before them, were yet at sea, in toil and peril. It is a comfort to us, when our passage is rough and stormy, that our Master is at shore, and we are hastening to him.”
Jesus often shows up when He is needed the most. That’s what He did for these disciples and that is what He did for me when showed up in my hospital room. The beautiful thing about this is that the immediate need, healing or provision, becomes inconsequential very fast. What matters is that He came and when that happens more than healing and provision takes place.