Verse 1 – After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself;
Verse 2 – Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.
Verse 3 – Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
This will be the third recorded time that Jesus appeared to His disciples. My question is: Where was He when they didn’t see Him? When the Bible is silent in certain areas, maybe we should just leave it alone.
Verse 4 – But when the morning had come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
Verse 5 – Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”
The disciples didn’t recognize Him, but yet were close enough to shore to hear Him.
Verse 6 – And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
Have you ever done something over and over, trying to get a different result? We think that if we just keep dong it the same way, maybe next time it will work. But, how do we know when to give up and stop doing the same way?
When we have done something the “old way,” with no results, over and over, Christ will bring a new way of thinking into your life. His ways are not like our ways.
Verse 7 – Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
Verse 8 – But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.
Verse 9 – Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.
Verse 10 – Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have caught.”
Verse 11 – Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were many, the net was not broken.
It’s odd that John mentions the number of fish hauled in. I’m sure they did not sit there and count them while Jesus watched. But whatever the reason for recording the exact number of fish, the recording of it was inspired by God’s Holy Spirit.
Verse 12 – Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?” – knowing that it was the Lord.
Verse 13 – Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
By taking the bread and fish and giving it to the disciples, Jesus acted as a Jewish host pronouncing the blessing at a meal.
Verse 14 – This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised form the dead.
By the mouth of two or three witnesses, everything is established, so by these three principal appearances of Christ to His disciples, His resurrection from death was confirmed.
Verse 15 – So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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.”
Verse 16 – He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
Verse 17 – He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
Peter had denied Jesus three times; now Jesus asked him three times to reaffirm his love for Him. It is one thing to say you love Jesus but the real test of that love will be proven with our willingness to serve Him with obedience.
Verse 18 – “Most assuredly, I say to you when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you wish.”
This was a prediction of Peter’s death by crucifixion. Tradition says that Peter was crucified for his faith, but he chose to be crucified upside down because he felt himself unworthy of dying in the same manner as Christ. When threatened with death, is your faith strong enough not to deny Christ.
Verse 19 – This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
Verse 20 – Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”
Verse 21 – Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
Peter and Jesus are walking and Peter turns and sees John following them. Then John writes a description of himself so there is no mistake of whom it is that is following. Peter wasn’t asking Jesus who would betray Him because they already knew that. John was writing that it was he who had asked that question at their last supper. Peter’s question to the Lord was, “What about John? How is he going to die?”
Verse 22 – Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
In other words: Mind your own business, Peter. What business is it of ours what the calling of another is or when they will die? God gives each individual their assignment. Peter needed to do what the Lord instructed him to do and leave John to do what the Lord told him to do. We can all learn from what Jesus told Peter, which is : Mind to your own affairs!” No one will answer for another. You are responsible to the Lord for what He gives you.
Verse 23 – Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”
Early church history reports that after John spent several years in exile on the Island of Patmos, he returned to Ephesus where he died as an old man, near the end of the first century.
Verse 24 – This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that this testimony is true.
Verse 25 – And there are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
John acknowledged that he had to be selective in choosing the material about Jesus. However, after reading this Gospel, one would certainly know why Jesus came and what we must do to be saved. Our decision on where we are going to spend eternity is the biggest and most important decision a person will ever make.
“Make the right one!”