This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series John 13-21

Gospel according to John, Chapter 21Read &/or listen from the Bible.

1/ The Appearance of Jesus to 7 Disciples    – Jn.21:1-14
2/ Jesus Restores Peter                                            – Jn.20:15-19
3/ The Beloved Disciple and His Book             – Jn.20:20-25

1/ The Appearance of Jesus to 7 Disciples    – Jn.21:1-14

21 After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself this way: 2 Simon Peter; Thomas, called The Twin; Nathanael of Cana in Galilee; the sons of Zebedee; and two more of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” Then they said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and immediately entered the boat. But that night they caught nothing.

4 When the morning came, Jesus stood on the shore. But the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered Him, “No.”

6 He said to them, “Throw the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they threw it, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the abundance of fish.

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the little boat, dragging the net full of fish. For they were not far from land, but about three hundred feet away. 9 When they came to land, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish lying on it, and bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net, full of one hundred and fifty-three large fish, to land. Although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask, “Who are You?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

This was a lake & it is also called the Sea of Galilee. This place had a lot to do with our Lord’s ministry, both before and after His resurrection. These disciples worked all night without catching anything. They knew how to fish, for that was their livelihood, is like they were trying to go back to their normal life, but that night they didn’t catch anything.

This is the last recorded miracle of our Lord, and the only miracle recorded after His resurrection. This is extremely important because you and I have an interest in Christ’s ministry after His resurrection. We are not united to the child in Bethlehem (baby Jesus adoration), but to the risen, living, and glorified Christ at the right hand of the Father. That’s why His ministry after the resurrection is so vital to us. How would you feel if you parents or a love one doesn’t pay attention to you presence, but kisses & hugs a picture of you when you were a baby?

John seem to have more spiritual perception than Peter. Noticed that the Lord most of the time uses what people have as the basis for His miracles. Also what He does, is in abundance. Many times our efforts at work, at home, or in ministry can leave us with empty nets as well. The Lord lets us experience unproductivity, frustrations, or failures—so that we draw closer to Him, and depend on Him, and not on our own means. (Prov. 3:5-6). We work for Him but also with Him.

2/ Jesus Restores Peter                                            – Jn.21:15-19

15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”  He said to Him, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love You.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

18 Truly, truly I say to you, when you were young, you dressed yourself and walked where you desired. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”

19 He said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When He had said this, He said to him, “Follow Me.

Early in Jesus’ ministry, there was a similar incident with the fish & the net. This happened when Jesus called Peter as a disciple & to told him “Do not fear. From now on you will be fisher of men (Lk.5). Maybe Peter thought that after denying Jesus 3 times, he could never again be an apostle of Jesus Christ. But here Jesus restores Peter and validates his ministry, making Peter confess his love for Him also 3 times & Jesus commission Peter 3 times. To serve Jesus we need to do it out of love for Him.

3/ The Beloved Disciple and His Book             – Jn.21:20-25

20 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who also leaned against His bosom at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray You?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”

22 Jesus said to him, If it is My will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow Me! 23 The saying went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is My will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies about these things, and wrote these things. We know that his testimony is true.

25 There are also many other things which Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Peter wanted to know what was going to happen to John a partner at work. Jesus had to explain to him that he didn’t have to worry about God’s plans for others, but only about his own. And we must do the same & just FOLLOW HIM! We all have different personalities & God will give us different ministries, different callings.

Peter would become an evangelist who would bring many into the kingdom of God . Three thousand people would be saved during his first sermon (Acts 2:14 & 41). John, on the other hand, was not casting his net into the sea (like Peter) when he was called, he was mending the nets (Matt.4:21). So John would have a ministry of taking care of Mary the mother of Jesus (mending & caring for the lives of others), & also teaching the truth of God’s Word.

But in many occasions they continued working together. John was with Peter at the healing of the lame man at Solomon’s Porch in the Temple (Acts. 3:1), was also thrown into prison with Peter. (Acts 4:3). And only Peter and John went to visit the newly converted believers in Samaria (Acts 8:14).

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