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Gathered around the Fire, ask the questions of those gathered around, share some bread with them. Imagine the conversation they were having, while having breakfast. There is just something about sitting around and sharing that opens the heart and warms the soul. I sure it was the same for the disciples when they ate with Jesus that morning. Seeing Him one more time before he ascended to heaven. Getting that last ounce of wisdom and love, soaking in that last bit of light
John 21:13–14 NASB95
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.
Pray

What a Catch

A. As in the Beginning
John 21:1–4 NIV
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “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. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
1. Catching Fish
a. It is never just about catching fish
b. Everything God does or asks has a purpose
c. It seems cliche but it is not
i. We are small and know not the ways of God
ii. We have to be OK with that, even when it hurts
2. Children
John 21:5–6 NASB95
So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
a. Term here in Greek is Paidia
i. Meaning is clear, children
ii. First time calling
c. The familial indication is consistent in John
d. Furthermore, we see the transition of the disciples from the fleshly friend to the Spiritual children
e. Identity
i. Why he says to cast the net again
ii. They would recognize that
Luke 5:4–7 NIV
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
iii. The net does not tear this time
John 21:11 NASB95
Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
B. Peter is Peter
John 21:7–14 NIV
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. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 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. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
1. Put his clothes on
John 21:7 NIV
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.
a. odd
b. conflict of eagerness/piety
i. Contradiction is the soiled clothes
ii. almost comical and predictable response
2. God’s provision
John 21:8–9 NIV
The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
a. In the physical
b. For the Spiritual
c. See the harmony here at the end
i. The physical can be used for the spiritual
ii. Must learn to discipline it
1 Corinthians 9:27 NASB95
but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
d. See the abundance
i. Jesus already had food for them to eat
Matthew 7:11 NASB95
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
3. Come and Eat
John 21:10–14 NIV
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 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. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
a. Come to God’s table
b. We are always invited
c. God will provide what we need
d. We bring our part
e. They knew because they knew Christ
f. Briefly on 3s

Peter Restored

A. Do You Love Me
John 21:15 NIV
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.”
1. More than
a. What is this about?
b. Thought we weren’t supposed to quantify love
c. We have to love God the mos
i. Commandment 1 - Don’t have any other gods above me
2. Feed my sheep
a. Spiritually
b. Ensure they have what they need
i. Bread of life
ii. The living waters
B. Do You Love Me
John 21:16 NIV
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.”
1. No quantifier
a. Do you love me
b. Second questioning
2. Shepherd
a. Lead
b. Guide
c. Secure
d. All duties of the Shepherd and required by Peter for the Church
i. Duties that would be handed down to other leaders
1 Peter 5:1–2 NASB95
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
ii. Why we call our elders and pastors shepherds
C. Do You Love Me
John 21:17–19 NIV
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. 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.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
1. The Third Call
a. Had to be sure Peter was thinking
i. Why?
ii. Peter’s impulsiveness
b. Wanted Peter to carefully consider
Luke 14:27–28 NIV
And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
c. Feed my Sheep
i. Make extra sure my people are taken care of
ii. Notice the lack of mentioning the lost
iii. We must first take care of what God given us
2. Follow Me
a. Calling him back
b. Like the prodigal son
i. Brief explanation
ii. Found in Luke 15
c. Had to be reinstated
i. Like at that beginning

John’s Final Words

John 21:20–21 NIV
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?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
A. Looking Around
1. Focus on your mission
a. When we look around we miss what’s in front of us
b. Notice where his eyes were
i. Not on Jesus
ii. Like on the sea and walking - took eyes off Christ and sank
2. Like Saul and David of the OT
a. Saul alway so worried about David
b. Taking his place
c. If he would have focused on his own mission would have been fine
B. You Must Follow Me
John 21:22–23 NIV
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 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?”
1. Keep your eyes heavenward
a. Keep us out of trouble
b. But it will clarify our vision
Colossians 3:2 NASB95
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
2. Kingdom focus is the only focus
a. Keeps our minds sharp
b. Keeps our thoughts pure
c. You are what you consume
Conclusion:
The Things We Will Know
John 21:24–25 NIV
This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 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.
a. So much more to know, but not now
b. We will one day
c. For now lets work on loving the kingdom and then growing the kingdom
i. Why we say Growing Out and Elevating within
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