Text: John 21:1-14
…on this wise shewed he himself…
After the Lord Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, he spent time with his disciples and several other people.
Peter is a leader.
Go back to doing what we know how to do.
Fished all night and caught nothing means they were frustrated and tired.
Jesus Christ shows himself wise
- … Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. (vs 4)
- The resurrection is a perspective from the shore (vss 1-6)
- Could see things the disciples on the boat couldn’t see. It’s a perspective that is oftentimes the opposite of those in the water. The Lord Jesus Christ stands as a lighthouse on the shore and offers some advice.
- Not subject to the wind and the waves.
- On a boat the wind and water can be terrifying.
- Ephesians 4:11-15
- Not subject to disorientation.
- Not subject to the frustrations in the boat.
- Not subject to the weakness and weariness in the boat.
- Not subject to the superstitions on the boat.
Jesus Christ shows himself true
- …have ye any meat?… cast the net on the right side of the ship… (vss 5-6)
- Contrary to their flesh
- Their flesh hates the advice. They’re tired. They’re mad. They’re hungry. And they have nothing.
- And now, on top of that, they have this supposed expert on the shore.
- Have ye any meat? That’s like adding insult to injury. But the Lord’s questions point out the futility of our own ways.
- Contrary to the way things were being done.
- Contrary to their fruitless lives.
- They were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes…
- They couldn’t hold all the blessings of God.
- Your brief time on this sea of life is not able to hold the blessings of God. There are somethings you’re going to have to get later.
Jesus Christ shows himself righteous
- …when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, and did cast himself in the sea. (vs 7)
- Carnal Christians get too close to the Lord and head back into the world.
- I’ll hide myself in the world and avoid the convicting eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- I’ll wrap myself in something familiar and maybe forget about the mess I’ve made of my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- It means sin you may have thought was forgotten or ignored is going to come back up.
- Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Jesus Christ shows himself the Savior
- Bring of the fish which ye have now caught… yet was not the net broken (vss 10-11)
- Nothing was lost when they obeyed the Lord.
- Work is all there.
- 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Jesus Christ shows what Christianity is
- Come and dine … taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. (vss 12-13)
- They were looking for the kingdom, but Christian life would not be a kingdom, not yet anyway. Christianity, until Jesus comes back again, would not be a throne but a dinner table set before his people.
- It is a relationship with the risen savior who provides for those willing to follow him.
- The Lord is my shepherd…Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
- The nourishing nature of the words of God
- It is as bread – Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
- It is as honey – Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
- It is as meat – Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
- It is as milk – 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: