Likewise, when Jesus appeared to the disciples by the sea of Tiberias, they recognized Him, not by His appearance but by what He said and did. They admitted to Him their failure and disappointment for the night; they had not caught any fish. When they did what Jesus told them to do, the result was outstanding--a large catch of fish. Right away, they knew who He was. John said to Peter, “It is the Lord” (John 21:7 NIV). How comforting and how reassuring it must have been for them!


Although we are a free nation, it cost something for us to be free and for us to remain free. There are people who cannot accept the fact that we are free; they are always looking for ways and means to sabotage our freedom. That is why our military is always on the defensive, always ready to fight to ensure that we remain free.