About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
And The Miraculous Catch Of Fish
what John wrote at the end of chapter 20 many scholars wonder about
John seems to end his account in chapter 20, but then picks it up
again in chapter 21 with some additional information.
The writing style in the Greek appears to be somewhat different
than that of the writing style in the first 20 chapters.
This gives way to the thought that someone else wrote chapter 21,
or at least penned it as John dictated it. Nevertheless
most scholars do believe that chapter 21 is from the lips of John, if not
in his own hand writing. Chapter
21 is in all of the important manuscripts.
tells us that Jesus meets some disciples at the
thing is clear.
Jesus and the disciples did meet up in
The Sea of Galilee was also called the
contents of chapter 21 must have been important enough for John to include
after he had already ended his account.
Chapter 21 shows us the special calling of Peter to ministry and
maybe in part, that is why John added this chapter.
other thing to note is that John tells us that this event was the third
time Jesus met up with the disciples after the resurrection.
I believe the disciples John had in mind were the eleven apostles.
Jesus met them behind locked doors on the first day of the
resurrection and then eight days later when Thomas was present. This
was the third time.
We cannot include the meeting of Jesus with the two men on the road
to Emmaus, and the women at the tomb, or Peter on his own.
If we included those times, this would not be the third meeting.
Jesus may have had other meetings with disciples as well that have
not been recorded, and my guess is that He did have such meetings.
do know from what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that Jesus at one point
in time appeared to five hundred people.
We do know from what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that Jesus at one point in time appeared to five hundred people.
2 tells us that there were seven men that Jesus met with on this occasion.
The sons of Zebedee would be James and John.
John says that there were two other disciples.
We don't know if these two men were of the eleven apostles or just
two other followers of Jesus.
verse 3 Peter says to the other six disciples that he is going fishing.
Many sermons have been written about this event, trying to suggest
that these men had given up on Jesus and were going back to their previous
occupation and were leaving the gospel behind, but we really donít know
that for sure.
The text doesnít say this, or doesnít really give that
is only an assumption.
This fishing expedition might have just been a one time event in
the minds of these men because they were hungry and nothing more.
We should be careful and not insert uncertainties into our approach
to Bible study.
went fishing at night, which would have been the best time to catch fish
but for some reason they caught nothing.
Why expert fishermen would catch no fish all night might be a
mystery, or it just might have been the will of God.
I believe it was the will of God because Jesus had called these men
to be fishers of men and this would have been a living
illustration to make this clear.
verse 4 John notes that Jesus was standing on the shore but the disciples
did not recognize Him, maybe because He was too far away and it was dark,
or, maybe because this was a post resurrection appearance they did not
recognize Jesus, as others didnít recognize Him after His resurrection.
In verse 9 John says they were 100 yards out in the water.
That might be far enough for them not to recognize Jesus.
verse 5 Jesus ask, "Havenít you any fish?"
I believe Jesus knew they had not caught any fish, suggesting it
was His plan all along for them to not have success that night.
the word "friends" in verse 5.
Some versions translate the Greek noun as "lads" or
"sons' because the Greek verb gives a suggestion of youthfulness.
answered Jesusí question by saying, "No."
Then Jesus tells them to put out their nets on the right side of
the boat, that is right in relation to left, not right in relation to
caught so many fish that their nets could hardly contain them.
verse 7 John tells us that at that moment the disciple who Jesus loved,
which was John himself, figured out it was Jesus standing on the shore. He
said, "It is the Lord."
It took a miracle for these men to know that it was Jesus who was
speaking to them.
Peter heard this was Jesus on shore, he immediately put his outer clothes
on, jumped into the water and ran towards Jesus, leaving the others to
pull in the boat and net into the shore.
Once again, this is typical impetuous Peter.
note from verse 10 that they had caught 153 fish.
I wonder who actually did the counting.
Maybe it was John.
I canít see Peter taking the time to count.
verse 9 we see that when these men arrived on shore Jesus already had a
fire going with some fish already being cooked, along with some bread.
Did Jesus catch these fish, or did He miraculously make them
really don't know.
that the fire was a fire of coals, much like the fire in the courtyard of
the high priest where Peter denied Jesus.
Remember, Peter denied Jesus three times around a fire, and now
here, around a fire, Jesus will ask Peter three times if he loves Him.
verse 10 Jesus asked them to bring more fish to the fire and so Jesus fed
these men both bread and fish for breakfast. Some
Bible teachers feel that Jesus was teaching them a lesson here.
They spent all night working for nothing, and in one brief moment
of time Jesus tells them to fish on the other side of their boat and they
caught 153 fish.
Jesus had already made them breakfast.
The lesson some feel that is taught here is that if Jesus calls you
to do something, He will look after you and provide what you need.
You may work hard with your own human effort, but human effort does
not work in the
ends this section by saying that this was the third time Jesus met up with
the disciples after his resurrection.
find it interesting that it was Jesus who broke the bread and fish and
gave it to these men.
They were being served by their master.
There had to be some definite lesson here.
It is very much like the Last Supper when Jesus served the bread
and wine and washed the disciple's feet.
The lessen then was that if the master washed their feet, or,
served them, then they should serve one another.