Scripture: John 21:1-14; John 21:15-25

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Appears To The Disciples While Fishing

John 21:1-14 (KJV) After these things Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed He Himself.  There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.  Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.  Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.  And He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.  Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.  And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.  As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.  10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask Him, Who art Thou? knowing that it was the Lord.  13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.  14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed Himself to His disciples, after that He was risen from the dead.

Questions:

1. How much had Simon Peter and the other disciples caught (John 21:3)?

2. What did Jesus suggest they do and what was the results (John 21:6)?

3. How did they bring in their caught (John 21:8)?

4. What did Jesus say and do when they came ashore (John 21:12-13)?

5. How many times did Jesus show Himself to His disciples (John 21:14)

Answers:

1. Simon Peter and the other disciples had caught nothing.

2. Jesus suggested they cast their net on the right side of the ship.  They caught so much they were not able to draw their net in.

3. They brought in their caught with the help of other disciples.

4. Jesus invited them to come and dine.  He served them bread and fish.

5. This was the third time that Jesus showed Himself to His disciples. 

Jesus Talks With Peter

John 21:15-25 (KJV) 15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs.  16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My sheep.  17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because he said unto Him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me.  20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?  21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?  22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me.  23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? 24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.  25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Questions:

1. About what did Jesus ask Simon Peter three times and what was Simon Peter’s answer (John 21:15-17)?

2. What did Jesus say (John 21:15-17)?

Answers:

1. Jesus asked Simon Peter three times about loving Him.  Simon Peter answered, “Thou knowest that I love Thee.”

2. Jesus said, “Feed My lambs” the first time.  And, “Feed My sheep” the other two times.

HEAR the WORD

John 21:15-17 15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs.  16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My sheep.  17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because he said unto Him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verses above.  My Bible notes: Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him.  The first time Jesus used the word – agape – when asking if Peter “loveth thou Me more than these.”  “Agape” love is a self-sacrificial love.  The second time Jesus asked if Peter loved Him He used the word “agape” again. But Jesus focused the question just on Peter “lovest thou Me?”  The third time Jesus used the word – phileo – when asking Peter “lovest thou Me?”  “Phileo” love is an affection or brotherly love.  Each time Peter responded to Jesus he used “phileo.”

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 21:6 And He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We may not go fishing in the natural as Simon Peter did. But we can surely fish for men.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We are called to fish for and feed God’s children.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will indeed learn to not only fish for Your children (John 21:6) but to feed them (John 21:15-17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I reach the world with the message of Jesus.” <>< Dona