Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fishing "Neked"


Who says Christianity is dry and boring? This morning in church the pastor read these verses:


John Chapter 21


1 After these things (Jesus had been murdered) Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way.
2 Simon Peter, and Thomas , and Nathanael , and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.
3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will also come with you." They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
5 So Jesus said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?" They answered Him, "No."
6 And He said to them, Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch." So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
7Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved (John -- too humble to name himself) said to Peter, "It is the Lord." So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea.

Now I had read this story lots of times but somehow it eluded me until this morning when our pastor read it and said "neked" (because he's a Texas boy) instead of the high church's  naaaked pronunciation.
I love the humanity of it. I love the realness and rascal-yness of it.
I guess it is the reverse of skinny dipping and the fulfillment of every mother's charge "Don't get your good clothes dirty."
I also love the Bible because it is honest, life changing and keeps us churchy types saying words like neked out loud in church.

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