In our lessons for the third Sunday in Easter plays a part in each text.
After Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit and the scaly like things blocking his sight fell away, he was baptized. In the Gospel lesson from John 21, the disciples, who in their call were to become “fishers of men,” now return to fishing for fish. However, they spend all night on the water and catch nothing. Through the morning mists they hear a voice, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” Yeah right, just what they need, some guy giving them advice from shore. Oh well, guess it couldn’t hurt. The “some fish,” turned into a net straining 153 large ones. It was then that John knew it had to be Jesus. They had experienced too many signs while on those same waters to not know who was behind the super large haul.
In Revelation 4 and 5 John’s vision of heaven includes a sea of glass, like crystal. The waters are under God’s control. On earth the water is filled with bounty, but also is dangerous when storms suddenly hit, roiling the once placid surface with mountainous waves. Yet the Psalmist writes in 104:25-26.
Here is the sea, great and wide
which teems with creatures great and innumerable,
living things both small and great.
There go the ships,
And Leviathan which you
Formed to play with it.
Prayer: God almighty, Lord of the waters, we give you thanks that in the water of baptism, placed us into the ship of the church that within its hold we might safely pass through the dangerous waters of life.