THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
LESSON FIFTY-THREE


John 21:1-3
    1.   After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed
          he himself.
    2.   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.
    3.   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.
          
    [A] In this passage we are going to be looking at another appearance of Jesus, this one beside the Sea of Tiberias.
    
    [B] Those whom he appeared too we find in verse two
            [1] Simon Peter
            [2] Thomas
            [3] Nathanael
            [4] The sons of Zebedee
                    [a] James
                    [b] John
            [5] Two other disciples who are not named
    
    [C] Verse three
            [1] Simon Peter said, I’m going fishing
                    [a] It’s important to remember and understand, that the disciples had been in hiding,
                    [b] The last time we met we saw them in an upper room, with locked doors, when Jesus appeared to them.
                    [c] It is not apparent how long after Jesus appeared to the disciples that this event happened, but we see
                            in verse one, after these things, after he appeared to the ten, and then again to the eleven when
                            Thomas was present.
                    [d] It would appear to me, that they had been in hiding for some time, and finally Peter Said, I’m going
                            fishing
                            [1-a] Peter was a fisherman by trade,
                            [2-a] Fishing was his livelihood
                            [3-a] I also believe he was tired of hiding and wanted to get back to work.
            [2] When Peter said he was going fishing, the other six said they were going with him.
            [3] They went forth, and entered a ship, and fished all night, catching absolutely nothing.
                    [a] It’s interesting to note, when they fished.
                            [1-a] They fished at night.
                    [b] The fished all night long, and had nothing to show for their efforts        

John 21:4-6
    4.   But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
    5.   Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
    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.

    [A] Verse four
            [1] Morning came and they had toiled all night long catching nothing
            [2] Jesus was standing on the shore, and they did not recognize him

    [B] Verse five
            [1] Jesus asked if they had any fish
            [2] Their answer was no

    [C] Verses six
            [1] He said to them cast your net on the other side.
                    [a] Why do you suppose he told them to cast their net on the other side after they had fished all night and
                            caught noting?
                    [b] Is there a lesson we can learn from this?
                            [1-a] When Jesus called his disciples, what did he tell them he would teach them to do?
                                    [a-1] To become fishers of men
                            [2-a] Then disciples had struggled all night catching nothing, when Jesus told them to cast there net
                                    on the other side. Sometimes we struggle and strive in our efforts to make disciples for Jesus.
                                    When we struggle long and see no fruits for our efforts, what is it that we usually desire to do?
                                    [a-1] Quit
                                    [b-1] Leave the lost for someone else to talk too
            [2] When they cast their nets on the other side, what happened?
                    [a] Their nets were filled with so many fish they weren’t able to pull them into the boat.
            [3] Sometimes we have to stop what we are doing, and seek the will of God,
                    [a] We get caught up in traditions in a church, and refuse to cast our nets to the other side, leaving a lot
                            of unconverted people drowning in sin                        
                    [b] Sometimes the things we are doing does not align with what God wants us to do, and we are not
                            blessed in our struggles.
                    [c] Unless we as individuals, and we as a church are in the will of Christ, and seeking his directions, we will
                            always struggle and strive with little or no results.          
                    [d] When we are obedient to the voice of Christ, and do what he wants us to do, the way he wants us to
                            do it, our nets will be filled and many will come to the saving grace of Christ.
            [4] Does the church, or even we as individuals, ever stop and seek the will of God, about what we have always
                    done in the church?
            [5] Is Christ standing on the bank of our lives, telling us to cast our nets on the other side, and we either do not
                    hear him or refuse to do as he says?        
            [6] I am a firm believer if we were to place ourselves aside and strive to do only what Christ wants us to do,
                    nothing less and noting more, we would see wonderful results, just as Peter saw that morning.

John 21:
    7.   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.
    8.   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.
    9.   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.

    [A] Verse seven
            [1] Who was the disciple whom Jesus loved?
                    [a] That was John referring to himself
            [2] John said to peter, it is the lord
            [3] When Peter heard it was the Lord what did he do?
                    [a] He put his coat on, because he was naked
                    [b] He jumped into the water and swam to the shore leaving the others to get the catch to the shore.
                            [1-a] This in itself is how we are to be towards Jesus, we are to place everything aside and follow him.
                            [2-a] It was not long after this when Jesus asked Peter, some questions, concerning how much he
                                    loved him                
    
    [B] Verse eight
             [1] The other disciples dragged the nets to the shore, and then disembarked from the boat.
    
    [C] Verse nine
            [1] When they came to land, what did they see?
                    [a] A coal bed glowing which Jesus had prepared, and fish cooking, and bread to eat.
            [2] Where did Jesus get his fish?
            [3] Who cleaned them for him?
    
    [D] Verse ten
            [1] Jesus already had his meal cooking, but he told them to bring some of the fish they had caught for their
                    meal
    
    [E] Verse eleven
            [1] Peter, along with the others, drew the net up on shore
            [2] When they counted the fish, there were 153 fish in the net
            [3] This was a prize catch, one which would have broken their nets at any other time, but their nets were not
                    broken        
    
    [F] Verse twelve
            [1] Then Jesus told them to come and dine, for they knew it was the lord
                    [a] Those are words I am looking forward to  hearing him say to me some day, Come and dine, come and
                            dine at my marriage feast in heaven, come and dine in my kingdom for evermore.
            [2] Verse twelve has a very interesting comment in it, None of them dared ask him who he
                    was                                
                    [a] Was his appearance that much different than it was before?

John 21:13-14
    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.        

    [A] Verse thirteen
            [1] Jesus took bread and fish and gave it to his disciples
                    [a] He was flesh and bone,
                    [b] He could touch and feel
                    [c] He could pick up items
                    [d] He was not a spirit

    [B] Verse fourteen
            [1] As I already alluded to earlier, this was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples         

John 21:15-19
    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 girdedst 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.                        
    
    [A] When they had finished eating, Jesus asked Peter if he loved him more than these
            [1] More than these what?
                    [a] I believe he was asking Peter if he loved him more than he loved this catch he had just made
                    [b] I believe he was asking Peter if he loved him more than he loved his fishing business
                    [c] I believe he was asking Peter if he loved him more than he loved the sport of fishing and being with the
                            other men on the water at night                        
    
    [B] Then Peter said, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.
            [1] Peter realized that Jesus knew his heart,
            [2] He must have felt a little bad when Jesus asked him
            [3] He may have remembered how he had denied Jesus
    
    [C] After Peter answered, Jesus told him, Then feed my lambs
            [1] What was he telling him to do?
                    [a] He wanted Peter to place his love in him, and take to gospel to his people
                    [b] He wanted Peter to realize that the most important thing he needed to be doing was to lead Christ
                            lambs.
                    [c] This was more important than fishing, more important than being with the others, and more important
                            than the sport he loved that was also his livelihood        
    
    [D] Verse sixteen - Jesus asked Peter a second time – Peter do you love me
            [1] Peter must have been squirming around a bit by now,
            [2] HE answered and said, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.
            [3] To which Jesus again said, then feed my sheep
    
    [E] Verse seventeen
            [1] Jesus asked Peter again if he loved him
            [2] Peter said, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.        
                    [a] The scriptures doesn’t say, but I can see Peter weeping as he answers Jesus
                    [b] Three times he had denied Jesus, and three times Jesus asked him if he loved him
                    [c] By the third time, Peter had to be feeling pretty low,
            [3] Still we must remember what just happened,
                    [a] Peter just caught the biggest catch of his life.
                    [b] He pulled them onto the shore, and counted 153 fish in the net.
                    [c] The profits from those fish would feed his wife and family for a long time.
                    [d] After pulling them ashore, and then eating, Jesus asked him, Do you love me more than these,
                            [1-a] These men
                            [2-a] This life
                            [3-a] This sport of fishing
                            [4-a] The thrill of being out on the boat all night with your buddies
                            [5-a] More than everything you think to be important in your life                                
                            [6-a] If so, then feed my sheep – Carry the good news of my resurrection into the world. Lead my
                                            disciples and show them the way. Be the rock I called you to be         

    [F] Verse eighteen - Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst 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.
            [1] Then Jesus told Peter a prophecy of how his life would be in the future.
            [2] The only way Peter would have the strength to endure what he would have to face, is if he had a great love
                    in his heart for Jesus

John 21:20-25
    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.        

    [A] Peter, being Peter turned and when he saw John, asked what John was going to do

    [B] Jesus answered,
            [1] If I desire for him to live until I return again, what is that to you        
            [2] Then he told Peter, the important thing is for you to follow me
                    [a] What great advice.
                    [b] We worry about things we have no control over, and things that we cannot change, when the only
                            thing we need to concern ourselves in, is  following Jesus
                    [c] It doesn’t matter what Christ does for others, they may have more than you, or less than you, what is
                            important is following Jesus
                    [d] This is the most important thing you, I or Peter has to do, If we follow him, and keep our eyes on him,
                            he will provide for us, and lead us where he desired us to be.
    
    [C] Verse twenty-three
            [1] Because of what Jesus said, the other disciples believed that John would not die.
            [2] John realized that Jesus only said, if I will that he tarry, what is that to you
    
    [D] Verse twenty-four and five is John admonition that everything he had written in his epistle was true.
            [1] I really like what John said when he wrote, here 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.