What do you do the day after a great holiday? You get up and go back to work, so that’s what Peter did.
They’d had a glorious Easter Sunday evening church service. Jesus had died on the cross, and was dead and buried for three days, but on a glorious Sunday morning, He rose from the dead. That evening, all the disciples except Thomas were gathered together when Jesus appeared to them.
“Jesus breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” John 21:22, and at that moment, the disciples were born again, but Jesus didn’t stay with them this time like He always had in the past. Too soon, He was gone.
Monday came, and Peter told his fellow fishermen, “I’m going fishing.” Peter went right back to his old job, because without Jesus with him every day, Peter didn’t think he knew how to do anything else.
They fished all night. Dawn broke and there stood Jesus on the beach. He called out, “Boys, did you catch any fish? Do you have anything to eat with your bread?” They said, “No!”
Jesus said, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat,” and they caught so many they couldn’t haul them all in. Peter jumped off and swam to shore. When he got there, Jesus had a fire, and fish and bread ready to eat.
While they sat around the campfire after breakfast, Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” Jesus was asking Peter if he loved Him more than the fish and fishing. “Follow Me.” John 21:19.
And then Jesus spoke the same two words that he had spoken to Peter when he called him to be his disciple three and a half years before. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19.
Nothing had changed. The call was still the same.