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Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanaelfrom Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
THE RESTORATION OF PETER
by Cordelia Coke
This chapter of John was mainly about the restoration of Peter. In one of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, He stopped by the sea of Tiberius (the Sea of Galilee) where His disciples were fishing. The disciples were out all night, but caught nothing. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the shore, and none of His disciples recognized Him. Then Jesus asked, “Did you catch anything?” His disciples responded, “No.” Jesus said, “Throw the net on the right side of the boat.” When they did, their net was full. They caught 153 fishes so big that they could not pull the net in. It was Peter who recognized Jesus: “It is the Lord,” he said. All the disciples believed him. Jesus said to them, “Breakfast is ready, come and get it.” Jesus took bread and broke it and gave it to them; likewise the fish. This was the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after His resurrection.
After breakfast, Jesus proceeded to ask Peter a series of questions, “Peter, do you love me?” Peter responded, “Yes master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my Lambs.” Jesus asked this same question two other times and Peter’s answers were the same words, but the intensity of his last response was stronger. Jesus then began to tell Peter what will happen to him when he is old and the kind of death through which he will glorify God. In the end, Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me!”
What an expression of love by Jesus towards His disciples! Peter denied Him three times, and the others ran off and abandoned Him when He needed them the most. These are the ones He spent lots of time with, shared the secrets of the Kingdom with and the ones He called friends and in the end they left Him. Yet, in this chapter, we find Him on the beach of Tiberius making breakfast for them. Despite their fear and treachery, He believed in them and still treated them as friends.
Like Jesus, we need to see past the actions of those around us to the heart they have. We have to dig deep for the gold within them. The three questions Jesus asked were the same because He knew what was in Peter and how valuable he was to the kingdom of God. I wonder, if we believed in people like Jesus did with Peter and the rest of His disciples, how much better would the world be? How different would they see us as Christians if we didn’t give up on people so easily? We have to remember that the net of the Gospel of Jesus is stronger than the net of the world of man.
- Why do we give up so easily on people? Do we really believe they are worth the price of the Gospel?
- How sincere is your love towards God and His people?
We will be a healthy family experiencing the peace of God that passes all understanding.