John 21:7-14

In John 21:7-14 Jesus had just told the disciples to cast their net on the other side of the boat and all of a sudden after a night of catching nothing their nets were full to capacity.  John immediately puts two and two together recognizing Jesus.  “That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.”  John figured it out first, but Peter took the first move.  He jumps into the water and heads for Jesus on the shore.  Peter wasn’t waiting to help the rest of the crew drag in the fish they had just caught.  He was off immediately to see Jesus.

The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.” The rest were left behind to drag the fish into the boat.  Jesus was on shore and had a fire started so He could cook them breakfast.  “When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.”  Jesus is often seen eating with His disciples after His resurrection. This is a picture of intimate, friendly fellowship. Remember that He has just risen from the dead days earlier, and while they may have thought He was a ghost or something else, He is going to eat with them.

There is plenty of speculation about the number 153.  Scholars have argued it for centuries.  The truth is that all we know for certain is that 153 stands for the number of fish that they caught! We must always be careful of manufacturing “hidden meanings” in the Word of God. “Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.” There were multiple miracles that happened when Jesus told them to cast the net on the other side of the boat.

  1. They caught fish at all
  2. There were many fish in the net – 153 in all
  3. The net was overloaded yet didn’t break
  4. They managed to get them all ashore

Once they got the fish on shore, “Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” There seems something unusual about the appearance of Jesus after His resurrection. Possibly it was a result of the beatings He endured at the cross, the scars of which remained at least in part. “Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.”  But Jesus was intent on serving them. “Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.” Third time in a charm for Jesus to be with His disciples and show them the victory!

One response to this post.

  1. Thank you for rejecting the many attempts to inject numerology and other esoteric teachings into the Gospel. There is but one…
    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6.
    A good word and work brother!


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