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Bible passage John 21:1-14


John 21

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
 1Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from 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.

 4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

 5He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"
      "No," they answered.

 6He 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.

 7Then 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. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

 10Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."

 11Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.


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Back to the beginning?
It’s been an exhausting few days but then things seem to calm down and Peter, restless as ever, says, ‘I’m going fishing’ – back to what he knows best, and the others follow him.

Then it happens again: Jesus coming incognito. This time as a stranger on the shore offering help to the experienced but frustrated fishermen. Suddenly the net is full and recognition dawns (Luke 5:4–11). It‘s John who makes the connection and Peter who makes the move, just like at the empty tomb.

Giving and receiving
So they haul the catch to shore and coyly accept the stranger’s invitation to breakfast. He has his own fish, but asks them to bring some of their recent catch (which he was responsible for!) to add to the meal.

So Jesus keeps coming into our lives. Maybe we have denied him, tried to go it alone and failed, but still he comes with no recriminations, and invites us to meet him. He has all the resources we need, but asks for our contribution nonetheless. He wants to talk with us and the conversation will not be about our failure, but his constant love.


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‘Thank you, Lord, that you take my situation in hand, but never out of my hands. Help me to welcome you and to trust in your unfailing love.’

David Bracewell


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‘This is a whole new world. It isn’t magic. It isn’t ghostly. It’s real, but it’s different.’1

Without explanation, these disciples are back in Galilee. We have to go to the other Gospels to find out that Jesus had said he would meet them in Galilee (Matthew 28:7–16), which suggests that John may have expected his readers to be familiar with details recounted by the other evangelists. Even so, it is an odd list. Peter is still the leader. We are glad to see Thomas here and surprised to find Nathanael (who appears here and in chapter 1 but nowhere else in the New Testament), as well as James and John and two others unnamed. Perhaps these seven are the disciples who came from Galilee.

Much has been written about their fishing trip; some writers have suggested that Peter had given up his calling and gone back to his old way of life. ‘Never has a fishing trip been so severely judged!’ writes George Beasley-Murray, who points out that even though Jesus had been crucified and risen from the dead the disciples must still eat!2 Moreover, there was no reason for them to despair, when they had already been overjoyed at meeting the risen Christ.

Jesus appeared to them again in a familiar setting and performed a similar miracle to the one he had done when they first met him (Luke 5:1–11). The symbolism of that scene was enough for the ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’ (v 7) – presumably John – to recognise him and for Peter to throw himself into the water. But even later, as he cooked the fish, the other disciples weren’t sure. ‘None of the disciples dared ask him’ (v 12) yet they somehow knew. This is very strange – but so were the circumstances and so was Jesus’ resurrection body, like and yet unlike the Jesus they had known before. He had breakfast ready and served them just as he said he would (Luke 12:37).

Annabel Robinson

 

1 T Wright, John for Everyone, Part 2, SPCK, 2004
2 Beasley-Murray, John: Volume 36 WBC, 2002, p399


Bible Background: Meet Peter


Peter is one of those great, larger than life individuals.

● Prepared to leave his livelihood and follow Jesus without knowing where it would lead (Mark 1:16–18).

● Spending time with Jesus and seeing him at work.

● Ready to step out of the boat – only to find that he lacked the faith to proceed (Matthew 14:22–36).

● Having a deep insight into the nature of Jesus as the Son of God, but completely misunderstanding what that meant and being rebuked (Matthew 16:13–20).

● Refusing to have his feet washed and then demanding that all of him be washed (John 13:1–11).

● Waving swords in the garden and then finding himself unable to speak for Jesus when challenged by a housemaid (John 18:10,11,15–18,25–27).

He is a brash, impulsive, inconsistent, unreliable, perhaps insecure individual. But also determined, courageous, willing to try anything.

Desolated by his denial he went back to his fishing only to be met by Jesus on the beach to experience the gentle rebuilding and restoration (John 21:15–19).

His time with Jesus was life transforming. The scene on the beach was crucial but so was the filling with the Spirit at Pentecost. When he preached he did so with a new power and authority (Acts 2:1–41).

And yet the journey is still not over. He has to discover that the good news is for Gentiles too (Acts 10:1–48).

In his hope and his failure, his trust and his doubt, we meet someone we can identify with. The way in which Jesus forgives and restores him reassures us. Seeing him empowered by the Spirit gives us hope. 

John Grayston


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See what a morning (Resurrection hymn)
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  • Ray Skinner | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Annabel begins by quoting Tom Wright: "‘This is a whole new world. It isn’t magic. It isn’t ghostly. It’s real, but it’s different." Does anyone find it helpful to think of God's world as the fourth dimension? We live in a 3-D world, so it is hard to think of a 4th dimension, just as it is hard to view a 3-D world in two dimensions, ie on a cinema screen - you need special glasses....

  • Adam Julians | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    The question being asked today is leading me to think to two if my work colleagues. One says she has never reached a breaking point in her life and that if she gets angry, its her husband that gets the rough end of it. And the other that was thrown off the course with no recourse when someone said they felt threatened by him. He came to me on Monday looking happy with himself. He showed me a betting slip. He'd made a £5 bet and won £4,500. So he's been having a happier week. Whatever you think about betting, perhaps there is some form of poetic justice being offered to him with that. Well, what did Jesus say - if you are to have life you have to lose your life for his sake, right? So in one sense, every day living the fullest is about being at the end of your resources. Of voluntarily surrendering all you have. We see the delight in the disciples when Jesus was calling on them after they having returned to what had been their previous livelihood. And what else would they have done in Jesus' absence? Sure it meant being willing to give up their livelihood to follow Jesus but having the choice between being fishermen or fishers of men then they would have been daft to not have gone for the latter. It's no fool that gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.

  • Robert Nicolls | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    The picture shows about 150 fish - not an amazing catch for experienced fishermen. but look at the picture at my site: http://www.freebiblestudies.uk/john21a.html . I didn't know they could be that big - and ! would certainly count a net of those! Ray has a good point - I have experienced a physical world, I understand a spiritual world, but I've always believed that God is not limited by either of these. I think the 'new creation' could easily be something totally different: again I looked at that in my first Genesis study http://freebiblestudies.uk/genesis1a.html

  • Thelma Edwards | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    I find it a comforting thought that this story is an example of what we often sing that Jesus goes before us, walks beside us, lives within us, He's the lover of my soul. It is good to see the Gospel of John which I believe was thought to be written after the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, adding to what we are blessed to be able to read in the first three. The bigger picture gained by putting all four post-resurrection accounts together is like the facets of a diamond shining with the different colours of God-reflected light in Jesus. This eye witness account seems to show Jesus still very much with them and working out His plans as they remember what they had been told to do by the women and go to Galilee. Yes, they needed to eat so it would be natural to go fishing but Jesus is still in the background, working the miracles of His power over creation and directing them to the fish they had failed to catch all night. Just like the story of the road to Emmaus, they recognise Him in a familiar act. He had gone before them, provided breakfast for them, shared His time and cared for them. There is the reinstatement of Peter and the Great Commission to come before the Ascension but the strong presence of Jesus is in all the events over the forty days after the resurrection. Just like the fish, they are all caught in the net of His love. We may not be able to see His physical presence, but we too can be aware of moments when heaven breaks through to earth in our lives and we 'see' Jesus.

  • Angela Munday | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    It is good to use our joyful energy in doing something that is familiar to us; it leaves us refreshed and relaxed. How wonderful to look up and to say "It is the Lord!" Peter's journey has just started and he has so much more to discover (John Grayston).........I can relate to this as I continue the dance that was started as Jesus served and instructed His little church so long ago on the sea-shore.

  • Jan Clark | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    RAY - I certainly do think of God's world as the 4th dimension, c.f. Eph 3:18 ...you will be able to understand, along with all the saints, what is wide, long, high, and deep... seems like 4 dimensions here.

  • Simon Baker | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    So Peter got wet twice for Jesus, once when he went to him on (and in) the water and once here. I hadn't spotted that before.

  • Oakley Bookworm | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    My church has a beautiful modern sculpture called 'Fisher of men'. I often spend time looking on it and contemplating it's subtext. It depicts Jesus standing in a boat with the mast forming a cross. On half of the sculpture had rough, stormy sea the other calm and peaceful. He holds a net full of fish. Some are deliberately swimming toward and into it. Some are already in the net but don't yet know it. Some are not in the net and a dining into ever deeper waters

  • Roger Hall | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Ah, a lovely way to wake up. This is the story in was reading sitting in my office as my computer warmed up in the way they did in the year 2000. I had been a Lay Reader for 20 years, and as I read, I began to wonder if I had ever been effective. So when I read the words "put your nets out the other side," I realised that this was a wake up call, but decided there and then to start to look and see what it meant. It was the beginning of a most horrible time of my life, and during it, I had to acknowledge the unfaithfulness of my wife. I arrived where I now live, knowing no one, but I was given access to a totally new and healing church. Gradually, that healing enabled me to take up my Lay Reader calling, and began again. I don't mind if there's 5 in the congregation, or 100, I believe that the Holy Spirit gives me the inspiration, and this is through the Bible, it is for me to keep that in mind, and it is up to Him to fulfil the promise that His Word will not return to Him empty! I thank the Lord for WordLive, and for the excellent opportunity to think through and comment on the reading and deeper study.

  • Roger Hall | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Ah, a lovely way to wake up. This is the story in was reading sitting in my office as my computer warmed up in the way they did in the year 2000. I had been a Lay Reader for 20 years, and as I read, I began to wonder if I had ever been effective. So when I read the words "put your nets out the other side," I realised that this was a wake up call, but decided there and then to start to look and see what it meant. It was the beginning of a most horrible time of my life, and during it, I had to acknowledge the unfaithfulness of my wife. I arrived where I now live, knowing no one, but I was given access to a totally new and healing church. Gradually, that healing enabled me to take up my Lay Reader calling, and began again. I don't mind if there's 5 in the congregation, or 100, I believe that the Holy Spirit gives me the inspiration, and this is through the Bible, it is for me to keep that in mind, and it is up to Him to fulfil the promise that His Word will not return to Him empty! I thank the Lord for WordLive, and for the excellent opportunity to think through and comment on the reading and deeper study.

  • Helen Humby | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Back from recently being by these very shores and feeling God's prescence there, the message or leading God has put on my heart is quite simply ' do what you do but do it differently' These disciples were experienced fishermen who knew what they were doing. His advice to them and possibly to us, is do what you are good at but do it my way then you will get amazing results. Just a thought. God bless WL today

  • Derek Forster | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Perhaps today there are loving words Which Jesus would have me speak, There may be now, in the paths of sin, Some wand’rer whom I should seek; O Savior, if You wilt be my Guide, Tho’ dark and rugged the way, My voice shall echo the message sweet, I’ll say what you want me to say. I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, O’er mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, I’ll be what You want me to be.

  • Teresa Ballard | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Thank you, HELEN - my twist on your thought is to do what I am good at, but do it on God's side - i.e. WHERE he advises me to throw my net. Too busy throwing it in the wrong direction sometimes! DEREK, thank you for today's hymn - it emphasise the same point: 'I'll go where he wants me to go' and is particularly apposite for me as I attend the funeral of a friend's daughter this afternoon. I pray I will be what the Lord wants me to be to her, and her family and friends, and give me the words to say what he wants me to say. Thanks, RAY - I'm living in the 4th dimension! So true that God's word is the lens through which we discern His love and our understanding of His ways. So comforting to know that Christ is always standing watching and ready to step in to any situation. Blessings everyone.

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    HELEN I had similar message from the Lord on my prayer walk this morning. It has given a new meaning to 'without me you can do nothing'. It's been quite an eye opener to find so many of my thoughts, deeds etc may have achieved much for self but nothing constructive for kingdom building.

  • Adam Julians | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    I had a lovely moment last night with a friends husband who thanked me for making her laugh. She has just recently started suffering from depression and he had been trying unsuccessfully to make her laugh all day. It's that kind of thing that had made all the hard work with pushing back against false accusations about my humour worthwhile. The joy of the Lord is your strength!

  • Barbara Sabin | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Yesterday I tried to comment three times and each comment disappeared into cyber space so If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Like Helen I can cast my mind back to being in Israel and to the beautiful little Chapel where Jesus cooked a Bar b que breakfast on the beach. Fresh fish cooked in the open air delicious. A little is a lot in the hands of Jesus. William Barclay says in his Daily Study Bble that there are 153 types of fish in the sea which symbolically means that all nations will be gathered together to Jesus Christ. The net stands for the Church; and there is room in the Church for all men of all nations. Even if they all come in, she is big enough to hold them all. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, When our strength has failed ere the day is half done, When we reach the end of our hoarded resources Our Father’s full giving is only begun. His love has no limits his grace has no measure His power no boundary known unto men for out of his infinite riches in Jesus He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

  • Ray Skinner | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Thankyou Teresa, and thankyou Jan for pointing me to Eph 3:18, I had not connected the 4th dimension with this verse before. My favourite verses about God in the 4th dimesion, Hebrews 1:10-12... "In the beginning O Lord,you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end,"

  • Peter Oliver | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Yes Thelma the disciples had to eat to live Peter saw the LORD at least 3 times so he could not be going away from GOD.theyare had to wait for theLORD to act

  • Peter Oliver | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    Yes Thelma the disciples had to eat to live Peter saw the LORD at least 3 times so he could not be going away from GOD.theyare had to wait for theLORD to act

  • Allison Brogan | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    I have loved these readings. They have really been speaking to me. HELEN your insight spoke to me in particular. Thank you for sharing as I am hopeful it may be an answer to a prayer in part. OAKLEY the sculpture at your church sounds beautiful.

  • Christine Campion | Thursday, 20 April 2017

    I too have loved these readings. Thanks ANGELA for your insight. It spoke to me in particular. I have enjoyed reading other comments as well.

  • Jeff Mason | Friday, 21 April 2017

    Yes Ray Skinner it makes a lot of sense to me. When I was 12 my uncle told me that there couldn't be a heaven because we had sent rockets into space and knew that heaven wasn't above the clouds. I knew even then that this was wrong thinking. That heaven was beyond our three dimensional world. I can draw a tesseract which is the fourth dimensional analogue of a cube and do calculations in multiple dimensions so things can exist and make sense beyond the confines of this world.

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