Introduction ~ The Gospel of John contains numerous references to water. In fact over half (11 of 21) the chapters reference water. We are looking at these passages in this series.
Scripture ~ “After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 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.
But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Children, have you any food?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ 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.
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. 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. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.
Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’
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. 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. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead” (John 21:1-14).
Notes ~ 1. When Peter said “I’m going fishing” was it an indication that he was returning to his old life—now that Jesus had died on the Cross?
2. These commercial fishermen caught nothing—our own efforts are futile.
3. Jesus asked, “Have you any food?” The last question these professional fisherman wanted to answer!
4. At first these seven disciples did not recognize Jesus—later they did. Often we do not recognize divine work in our lives until later.
5. “Cast your net on the right side”–we need divine guidance in all aspects of our lives.
6. Jesus controls all of creation.
7. Jesus provides for His disciples: “Come and eat breakfast.” Jesus is often recorded eating with His disciples—especially post-resurrection—a picture of fellowship.
The Key Question ~ Do you possess the abundance of “living water” which is only available through Jesus Christ.
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