From 0 to 153

It has been said ‘expectation is the breeding ground for a miracle.’  Many of us pray and believe for God to do a miracle in our life. We submit our situation to Him expectantly waiting for God to move.  What if you are not expecting a miracle? What then?
Before Jesus ascends to the Father after His resurrection, He appears to His disciples who go back to doing what they had previously done before following Jesus – fishing. Appearing as a simple man, Jesus sees their compounded discouragement from their inability to catch fish.  He tells them the cast their empty nets on the other side of the boat.  What happens is a miracle.  They go from zero to 153.
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:  Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanaelfrom Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.  He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish yo u have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
 John 21:1-7
John records 153 fish caught on that day.  A number so great he specifically counts them to later document.  Not only were they 153 but John says they are large fish.  Though the years, theologian, professors, and church leaders have tried to dissect the number 153 and provide a numerological explaination why God would impress upon John to document this amount.  One said it represented the number of species of fish.  Augustine noted that 153 = 1+2+3+4+…..+17. 17=10+7, which is the ten commandments + the seven spirits of God. Gregory the Great reaches 17 the same way, but multiplies it by 3, the number of the trinity, to get 51, and by 3 again, unto perfection, to get 153.
Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God gave a pretty humorous explaination. He suggested it was simple.  He was his family’s youngest child and John maybe was the youngest disciple. He said, “Everyone knows the youngest always get stuck with the dirty work (of cleaning fish).”
Could it be John and the others were so amazed numbering placed on exclamation point on the miracle? Unlike other miracles, they did not request it or expect a miracle of Jesus in person. Assuming He was a stranger, they didn’t recognize Him.
They may never experienced a personal miracle from Jesus. They had spent the last couple of years seeing Jesus heal others, provide for others, and meet other’s needs. Selflessly, the appreciated the being in the first row of seeing miracles and not in the act of one.
Jesus comes and supplies more than enough fish. 153 fish are enough to feed many.  Salt to preserve them and they could last more than a season. Whenever there is a miracle, it is hard to forget the small details. You remember everything.
Jesus never wants to leave you with just enough.  He always desires the best and more than enough when it comes to Him providing.  Like the wedding feast in Cana, the boy with fishes and loaves, and this fishing story, Jesus is truly God of abundance.  You may not be expecting a miracle but be every ready.  Jesus may come to the shore of your situation and ask you to do something unusual.  Do it and watch God turn your zero into your own miracle of abundance.

When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance. Joel Osteen

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”

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