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From Fish to Sheep

The death of Jesus had rocked the disciples to the very marrow of their being. Although they had met the risen Lord on two occasions, Jesus had not remained with them. Was their whole 3-year stint with Jesus really just to end in failure? Probably. Had it been a total waste of time? Probably not. But what now? It was time to head back home to Galilee to an uncertain future.

Crucifixion and death

The long night was over. It was time for Pilate to make his decision: what would he do with Jesus? It seems that over the years much has been said, speculated and emphasised about the agony that Jesus went through as he was beaten up and crucified, and rightly so. What is of note in John’s account of these traumatic days is that he says very little about what Jesus was experiencing and going through.

Evidence and presence

On resurrection morning Mary had met the risen Lord, the other women had met him that morning too. There was so much to think and talk about that day, but the disciples had other more pressing concerns. The absence of a body put them in considerable danger: the Pharisees already saw them as enemies and would not hesitate to attempt to have them ‘removed’ if they were likely to attempt to make claims about a risen Lord.

Jesus and the disciples have now arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane. Darkness has fallen and dark forces make their move in what will be a disastrous night for Peter and will bring Jesus to the threshold of crucifixion at the hands of wicked men.

Resurrection and Life

  1. Personal response

John is very clear as to why he wrote his gospel: ‘these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (chapter 20:31).’ A personal response of belief in Jesus is John’s objective and the impact of this is that those who believe ‘may have life in his name.’

A special prayer

 Prayer takes many forms. Sometimes it’s a silent private utterance, sometimes a quiet audible prayer amongst close fellow believers and sometimes it’s a public prayer as part of communal worship. As Jesus made his way down into the Kidron valley towards Gethsemane, arrest, trial and crucifixion he prayed. It was a prayer said aloud in the company of the disciples.