by Clarence E. Macartney

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Great Interviews of Jesus (13 of 15)
With a Man Who Cursed Him
Clarence E. Macartney
John 21:17

Seven men in a ship. The ship at anchor with a little
boat fastened to the stern. Both ship and boat are
rising and falling with the gentle pulsation of the
sea. The darkness is fading away before the dawn as it
has done ever since the first night and the first
morning. The mists that have covered the sea are
beginning to lift. Far to the east the gray mountains
of Gadara begin to show themselves. To the west are
the red roofs of the houses of Tiberias. The sea is
heaving gently like the breast of a sleeping woman.
The little waves are washing softly on the stones and
pebbles of the beach. In the distance other boats
appear in the gray light of the morning with other
fishermen plying their trade.

Seven men in a ship. The names of five of them are
Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, and the two brothers, James
and John. There are two others there whose names we do
not know. One of them, I feel sure, must be Andrew and
the other perhaps Philip. All of them are naked save
for a loincloth, for they have been doing the rough
and dirty work of the sea. They look weary and a
little discouraged, too, for they have been fishing
all night and have caught nothing. Now the brown nets
hang awash over the gunwale. In the waist of the ship,
gasping and floundering about, are two or three small
fish, the fruit of their long toil. Thomas says, "All
night we've been at it with the sail and the oars and
the net, loweringand dragging and then pulling in
again, and this is all we have to show for it, these
two or three flounders!" With a gesture of contempt he
reaches down, takes them by the tail, and flings them
back into the sea.

But Andrew says, "Let us give it another trial. Let us
put down the net once more. Perhaps we shall have
better luck this time." James has thrown out a line
with a hook on it, thinking he may make ...

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