Rev. Ken Wagener, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study John 21. Waves tossing against a boat on the Sea of Galilee, fish roasting over a charcoal fire on the beach: a mundane yet majestic image of the resurrection. In John’s final chapter 21, seven disciples are present for this last resurrection appearance, seemingly every disciple we’ve been on this journey with: Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James & John, and probably Andrew & Philip. As Peter jumps out of the boat to swim to shore, we recall the first time the disciples encountered Jesus. Jesus again says “Follow me.” They’ve all been gathered together because there’s a larger mission of gathering that awaits them, hinted at in the miraculous catch of 153 fish. On the seashore, Peter finds much more than breakfast. He finds forgiveness for his sins, and a new challenge: not just to feed himself as a fisherman, but to feed Christ’s lambs, the little siblings of this new brotherhood. He is challenged to the highest devotion to Christ because he will serve as an example to us: to look straight ahead to Jesus, and no one else. Even if it means a cross, we’ve already seen “the resurrection and the life,” who now lives in us through faith.