After the death of Jesus, the disciples went fishing. They had put their hope in Jesus as a political liberator, and it seemed He did not in fact liberate them. The Jewish people strained under Roman rule, and they wanted freedom and change NOW. Their dreams had been dashed, destroyed on the death tree… and unjustly, I might add. Jesus was radical in that culture and time, but He was not criminal.
Yes, Jesus was a radical, free thinker to some. He stood for new ideas and challenged the status quo. He gave people hope for a new tomorrow by suggesting crazy things like it is better to give than to receive, love your enemies, and do good to those who spitefully use you. But the disciples wanted a political avenger. They could only see the now.
Even Jesus’ closest companions didn’t see beyond the immediate. Then suddenly Jesus was falsely accused, betrayed by a brother, tried, and crucified. It all happened so quickly. This was a hard blow for them. What happened to their champion?
The disciples didn’t get it, so they went fishing.
But Jesus’ plan was bigger than overturning the Roman government. It involved the redemption of mankind–the liberation of souls for eternity. It wasn’t until after the resurrection when some of them walked with Him on the Emmaus road that their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him and began to understand the depth, breadth, width, and height of God’s great plan for mankind.
Today the world is no different. All the nations–not just Americans–want a king/leader that will change their circumstances with economic stability, peace, and hope. Here is an excerpt from an interesting article titled, “World Hails Obama’s Brilliant Victory:”
Hundreds of villagers in Kogelo, Obama’s Kenyan family home, erupted into song and dance. President Mwai Kibaki declared a national holiday on Thursday to mark Obama’s victory.
Swinging branches and chairs in the air, men cheered and clapped while women shouted “Obama! Obama!” in the village where his grandmother lives and where his late Kenyan father was born.
Wild celebrations woke the sleepy village, people hugged each other as others ran aimlessly in the muddy streets after spending a chilly night glued to a giant screen watching results on US networks.
“Senator Obama is our new president. God has answered our prayer,” said pastor Washington Obonyo.
“Because Obama has won, we will have a change in the whole world. And for that I will slaughter a cockrel to celebrate with my family,” said Joseph Otieno, a jubilant Kogelo resident.
“We will have change in the whole world…” The whole world is looking to Obama from the villages of Kenya, to the high-minded cities of Europe, and the industrial cities of America’s heartland to save them now. But he cannot give them what they really need.
There is work to do. We may be mocked and ridiculed for embracing the complete Word of God and loving righteousness and not darkness. We may be laughed at for believing the strong foundation of morality and family will keep our country together. But we must not give up our values and morals. We must champion those causes that are foundational to the wellbeing of our nation: Life, family, morality, children, and most of all faith in God through Jesus.
Focus on Jesus, who is the reason we live and have our lives in the first place.
This is no time to fish–to go back to life as usual and wait for a tsunami.
With Christmas around the corner, it is a great time to remember the baby who came to bring peace to all nations had to die to set men really free. But the grave could not hold him.
He has risen to give us life and liberty– of spirit–no matter where we live and no matter who governs us. That is something that no one can change or steal.
The only fishing we should do is for the souls of men who are focused on the present-day messiah.