[image: Easter Morning Asian Pear, 2014, JA Van Devender
John 21:7 (NKJV)
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
Peter must have loved fishing... and I think he was probably good at it. But when John said those words... "It is the Lord!"... all thoughts of fishing literally got cast over the side. There was nothing to do, nothing more important, nothing of any consequence at all compared to the reality of Jesus standing on that shore and he had to go there. He put on his outer garment (even though the weight of it made swimming difficult) because it was unseemly to appear before his God and King nearly naked... but he went... And I can imagine the excitement brimming out of his eyes as he came splashing ashore in the shallows where Jesus was standing.
Did he fall down before him? Did he kneel? Did he just stand there and gaze at him with excited affection? We are not told. But what we can infer is this - where the Lord is, there Peter wanted to be, and nothing other than that would satisfy.
So, we stand today in our metaphorical boats going about our metaphorical business doing our ordinary things. But, today, of all days in the year especially, though it is the same each resurrection day sabbath throughout the year, we look to our fellowship, we look over to where our worship is to begin and we hear the words ringing in our ears. "It is the Lord!"
He is risen. It is the testimony of hundreds who saw him and most especially of the eye-witness testimony of his disciples that give warrant and confirm the fact: He is alive!
He is no dead Savior nor any past and passed royal king. He is has risen victorious over death and has promised that where He is, there we who believe in Him will be also. He stands on a far shore and we are to plunge into the water and go where He is and He will receive us as He received Peter. He will forgive our sins and show us mercy and equip us with His Spirit and He will send us out to do His will.
Today we go to where He is in Spirit and we worship with our brothers and sisters and we are renewed in our passion and we gaze upon that empty cross, all dressed in pure white, with the blood stains purged because no sacrific remains for the people of God.
It is finished! He is risen! There He is! Let us go to Him!
To all my brothers and sister who today rejoice in our common King... have a blessed Easter and be renewed in the hope that is His resurrection.