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John 21:1-14

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John 21:1–14 NKJV
1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 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. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” 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. 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 outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 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. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 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. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. 14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Peter’s response to Jesus

John 21:7 NKJV
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 outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
After Jesus was arrested, Peter denied Christ three times when asked if he was a disciples.
But despite his failure, upon seeing Jesus, Peter plunged into the sea and swam to Jesus.
When we mess up, it can be tempting to stay away from God, to hide from Him.
But when we mess up, we shouldn’t run away from God, we should run to Him!
1 John 1:9 NKJV
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The fire of coals

John 21:9 NKJV
9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.
What is the signifance of this fire of coals? The last time we read of a fire of coals in John’s gospel is when Peter denied Jesus.
John 18:17–18 NKJV
17 Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
The presence of coals of fire on the land was reminder to Peter that Jesus knew what Peter had done. But yet, on those same coals was breakfast that the Lord Himself had made for them. Jesus wasntd to fellowship with Peter, despite what he had done.
Jesus knows your past but wants to fellowship with you anyway.
Jesus didn't bring up Peter's past to condemn him. He brought it up to restore him. And an essential part of restoration is knowing that God accepts you, even though you have messed up:
Ephesians 1:6 NKJV
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Jesus’ request for fish

John 21:9–10 NKJV
9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
Jesus already had fish. But he asked them to bring theirs.
Jesus wants your contribution
Ephesians 4:16 NIV
16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
1 Corinthians 3:9 NKJV
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
Mark 16:20 NKJV
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

The net didn’t break

John 21:11 NKJV
11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.
The net didn't break.
In life, there may have been many things that should have broken us. But when Jesus is with us, our net will not break.
God gives us strength to endure...
2 Timothy 4:16–17 NKJV
16 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Note “But”. We must not depend on people for our strength. We must receive the strenght that comes only from God.
1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Isaiah 40:29–31 NKJV
29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Summary

When we mess up, we shouldn’t run away from God, we should run to Him!
Jesus knows your past but wants to fellowship with you anyway.
An essential part of restoration is knowing that God accepts you, even though you have messed up:
Jesus wants your contribution
In life, there may have been many things that should have broken us. But when Jesus is with us, our net will not break.
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