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There is a place in Saint John's Gospel which talks about the miracle "catch of fish". While the Gospel of John never states specifically that he was the author of this Gospel, John describes himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (John 21:7, 20; 13:23; 19:26; 20:2) and it has been the testimony of early Christianity which regards this Gospel to have been written by Saint John, the Apostle. Turning to the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel of John we read, "After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going finshing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus tood on the shore; yet the discples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, becasue of the quanityt of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outter garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught. So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net shore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

153! Such a large catch of fish was one of the many miracles of Jesus that John records.

Miracles still happen today and they occur where two or three are gathered in the name of Jesus around His Word and Sacraments. Let me explain: prior to my Baptism, I was, as the Psalmist writes, "from my mother's womb, I was conceived in sin" (Psalm 51:5). Saint Paul wtites, "...even when we were dead in our trespasses..." (Ephesians 2:5). What this means is that prior to my Baptism I was an enemy of God, a hater of God, working againt Him and His Kingdom. Saint Paul writes, "among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind" (Ephesians2:3). Not only was I against God, I was literally lost and held in the captive powers of sin, death, and the power of the devil.

How would I ever free myself from the death grip of sin, death, and the power of the devil?

Our resources for answering this question are going to rely on the "playbook", the "Blueprint", the "schematic", otherwise referred to as the Word of God. Here, the Creator, God the Father, reveals to us, His creation, His plan for our salvation through His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ our LORD!

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