Third Sunday of Easter Pastor Mark Duer
John 21:1-14/ Is Easter Really Over? May 5, 2019
3Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Brothers and sisters in Christ; Easter Sunday is over! the candy has all been eaten, and the leftovers are long gone. All the Easter decorations and plastic eggs have been put back into storage.
Easter Sunday is over and done and once again the church is out of touch with the rest of the world. For the world Easter is over until next year, but here in the church Easter goes on and on and on--the Easter season is actually longer than the season of Lent.
Easter is over for most everyone, Now what? Is Easter really over? Christ is resurrected, now we can get on with life, right?
Imagine how it was for the disciples, their fear and bewilderment turns into amazement and joy. A visit on Easter evening from the resurrected Jesus behind locked doors. Jesus comes and stands among them, but Thomas who isn't there doesn’t believe.
A week later Jesus appears again and brings the same message as last time. not a message of fear, but of forgiveness, life, and salvation: Peace be with you!
Jesus is alive! Easter is real! But the disciples are a little confused. Well we followed him for three years and gave up everything--then he died--and now he is resurrected. Now what happens, what do we do?
Remember what Peter was before he became a disciple? He was a fisherman, and now that Jesus is risen, it's time for Peter to go to work. He has to pay the bills. So, the other disciples go fishing with him, and they work and they work.
All night long they worked and they got nothing for their labors. They caught nothing. Easter Sunday is over as well as the secular celebration. But for the Christian every day is Easter. Every Sunday is a mini celebration of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Jesus is risen! Is Easter really over? So now what do we do? How do we live? We go to work! We don't sit around in our easy chairs waiting for the Lord to take us up to heaven or to pay our bills. We work! We do the work the Lord has given us to do.
This is who we are--it's a good and God pleasing thing. Lutherans call it the doctrine of vocation. The various calling that we have.
Is Easter really over? What do we do now? Go to work. Husbands be a husband, wives, be a wife. Parents be parents, children be children and obedient.
If you’re a boss, be a good one, if you're a worker be hard working! As a citizen, hopefully you voted recently. See how this works? We work, we go to work--but sometimes in our work, we don't have alot of Easter joy. Sometimes our work (vocation) is full of frustration.
We work hard and we're not noticed--we're not rewarded. We're faithful and seemingly no one cares. Our efforts are ignored and unappreciated, maybe even made fun of and ridiculed.
There's frustration in our work, just like Peter and the other apostles—they worked all night and they caught nothing. God's Word today isn't a lesson on proper fishing techniques. God is teaching us that the crucified and resurrected Jesus Christ is with us.
He's with us in a very special way, as his Word is taught and proclaimed in its truth and purity. He's with us in a very special way in the life-giving waters of baptism. He's with us in a very real way—in, with, and under the bread and wine—the very body and blood of Jesus. Forgiveness, life, and salvation is yours!
The resurrected Christ is with you in your vocation. He knows your frustrations and worries, and cares, He blesses your work that is done according to His Word. He strengthens you and encourages you in your work.
Jesus knows! Jesus cares! Jesus acts! "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some fish."
God promises us blessings as we listen to his voice and his Word in the midst of our callings. 12Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." He feeds us not only with the bread of life, but He also gives us our daily bread. Everything we need to support this body and life.
How often do we act as if Easter is over? Jesus is risen from the tomb, and now we think it's all up to me. We just go about our daily living thinking God doesn’t care.
How often do we completely ignore God in our vocations? Or God's Word in how we should live and work in our various callings?
As Jesus proclaimed 2000 years ago, it is today: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. Repent so your sins are blotted out. Repent for not listening to Jesus and being faithful in your various callings.
How may times do we act as if God's voice isn't that important, and our words or our voice are more important than God's Word.
Paul says in Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.
Well Is Easter over or not? If you have been raised with Christ—the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only for when we die (it certainly is for that), but the resurrection of Jesus Christ is for right now!
We have been baptized in the death and resurrection of Christ right here and right now. If you are baptized--if you believe God was at work in your baptism--if you have died and were risen with Christ in your baptism--set your mind on things above.
Set your mind on your work, and your callings. Set you mind on higher things--things that are above. Not on your feelings or your heart or the things that the world says are important. Set your mind on God's Word and what he teaches us. Put to death worldly things.
Colossians 3:3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. This is the life we live now. This is Easter every day! Our lives are hidden in the crucified and risen Christ each and every day!
Colossians 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears then you also will appear with him in glory. Your future is set.
Now live as Easter is a present reality--right here, and right now. What does that look like? Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Put to death these things! In other words--Repent. Die to the things of the earth and live! Live in Jesus Christ and the forgiveness that only he can bring. Put to death earthly things and look to heavenly things.
John's vision of heaven. Revelation 5:11-14 11Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" 13And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" 14And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped.
The world says Easter is over. God's Word says today is Easter, tomorrow is Easter. Everyday the Lord gives us on this side of heaven is a day to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus is alive! He who was dead is now alive. So, what do we do? Let's go fishing. Amen.
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