Word of Jesus Part 67

John 21:1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
John 21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

It seems like Peter was overwhelmed at the events that were taking place and thought to go fishing. Perhaps he was just confused as to what to do next. Maybe he was still feeling like a failure in light of his previous denial of Christ. Putting myself in his shoes I would feel like I was unworthy to serve the Lord and be tempted to return to my previous occupation. Whatever the case, Jesus didn't feel like they were ready to go preach the gospel yet. He still ministered to them many times before His final return to the Father in Heaven. We see here such love and concern Jesus had for those He was about to leave.

John 21:4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
John 21:5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
John 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

Out of respect for the Lord Peter put on his fisher's coat and cast himself into the sea. He wasn't naked as we call nakedness but was in his undergarments and didn't have his outer garment on which was the coat. He cast himself into the sea to go and meet Jesus.

John 21:8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
John 21:10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

I guess the whole resurrection was still a little unbelievable since it is something that had not ever happened before. They still may have doubted up until the time the Holy Ghost was poured out upon them at Pentecost. We see a great change in the disciples and especially Peter after that occurrence.

John 21:13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

He was showing them that He could eat and drink. He was not merely a spirit but a real person who had been resurrected with a new body. He still had the marks of the crucifixion for the sake of proof of what He suffered on our behalf but otherwise this body can never suffer death, pain or suffering in any way. This is our hope for we who believe will receive the same as Jesus at the resurrection of the body.

John 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs
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John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Three times reminding Peter than three times he denied knowing the Lord. That is why Peter was grieved.

John 21:18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

The Lord warned Peter ahead of time that his choice to follow Him would result in his own death. Tradition says that Peter was crucified like Christ but had the people turn him upside down because he felt unworthy to die as Jesus died. Peter resides now in heave and will be comforted forever.

John 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
John 21:21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
John 21:23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

This is still a problem for many of us. We look on our brethren and wonder what they should be doing instead of being concerned with what we can do ourselves to further the gospel. This is why Jesus told us not to judge one another in certain matters. We are to judge sin and preach against it but some things have to be left to the Lord.

I personally believe that perhaps John didn't die at the time of the early church and perhaps he could be one of the two witnesses that come in the tribulation period. That means that he will have to die. We see in the book of Revelation that the two witnesses are executed.  If John is one of them, he will die eventually. This is just my speculation and is not to be taken as the word of God.

John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

This may be why the gospels are the same yet different for some cover certain events and leave out others. There were probably so many events that it was impossible to write down all of them.

One thing that is not left out and that is the message of the gospel to save us from sin.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Mark 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
Mar 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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