RESURRECTION REVEALED – John 21:15 ESV, Colin Munroe, Lead Pastor

Resurrection Revealed

John 21:1-17 ESV
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 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. 8 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. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 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. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

  • This is a beautiful picture of Peter’s restoration!
  • Remember what Jesus told him?

Luke 22:31-34 ESV
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:60-62 ESV

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

  • Have you ever denied the Lord?
  • Have you ever dealt with disappointment? Remorse? Failure?
  • Have you ever said something you regretted saying?
  • Have you ever harmed someone you truly loved?
  • Have you ever done something you swore you would never do?
  • Broken vows you were confident would never be broken?
  • Have you ever had to look in the face of a loved one you rejected?
  • Maybe you are here today concerned that you have out sinned God’s grace.
  • That you have backslidden too far.
  • That you are the prodigal who is not welcomed home.
  • We all need to be reminded of the magnitude of God’s love and grace.
  • That mercy triumphs over judgement.
  • That Jesus died and rose again to bring us home to the Father.
  • That He first loved us, while we were still sinners!
  • That Jesus seeks us out for reconciliation!
  • The One who was denied seeks the one who denied Him.
  • So this was Jesus’ third appearance to the disciples.
  • He had appeared to Mary Magdalene, the woman, 2 others on the road to Emmaus, we also know that He appeared to James and over 500 others before He would gather the disciples together again for His departure.

1 Corinthians 15:3-7 ESV
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

John 21:1 ESV
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.

  • During the 40 days leading up to His ascension they never knew when they might see Jesus. Will we be surprised by His appearing?
  • Jesus had told the disciples to meet Him in Galilee.

John 21:2-3 ESV

Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

  • Have you ever been tempted to go back to what you know?
  • To what you can do in your own strength?
  • Jesus had recently told them that without Him they could do nothing!
  • Have you ever considered giving up and turning back?
  • Has there ever been a moment when you were tempted to return to a lifestyle that Jesus called you out of?
  • Let’s remember Jesus called Peter to turn and strengthen his brothers.
  • Not lead them astray!
  • Our choices affect others. Especially those with assigned influence.
  • This was obviously a fruitless path, they caught nothing.
  • I wonder if this triggered a significant memory?
  • Have you every walked a fruitless path? A path of disobedience.
  • Jesus stands on the shores of our denial and disobedience and calls to us!

John 21:4 ESV

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

  • His mercies are new every morning!
  • Do you know that Jesus is calling?
  • Do you love me Peter? Do you love me more?
  • It is interesting that they did not recognize Him.

John 21:5 ESV

Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 

  • Did Jesus know?
  • Why did He ask?
  • Know what? That life without Him is fruitless!
  • Acknowledgment and repentance!
  • It wasn’t that they didn’t work hard, but that they were not following Him.

John 21:6 ESV

He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 

  • The difference between success and failure was the width of the ship!
  • It was a short distance to obedience and blessing!
  • His command might sound silly or even foolish.
  • Often desperation drives dependency!
  • But when obeyed bears must fruit.
  • But way more importantly it revealed Jesus to them.
  • That is what love driven obedience does.

John 14:21 ESV
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

John 21:7 ESV

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.

  • It was the Beloved disciple who recognized Jesus.
  • It is always love that recognizes the Lord and shares it with others!
  • This is my favorite part! Peter again gets out of the boat!
  • He is the first one to Jesus again when He miraculously reveals Himself!
  • He is not waiting on others to get him to shore. He is diving in!
  • Unlike the first time this happened,
  • Is it time for you to throw yourself into the sea?
  • To race to the One who raced to your rescue?
  • To throw yourself into the sea knowing Jesus is your Lifesaver!

John 21:8-9 ESV

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. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.

John 18:18 ESV
Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

  • Jesus reminds Peter not for condemnation, but for reconciliation.
  • It is so important that we remember this.
  • His heart is to restore, refresh and reconcile.
  • He wants to help us move on and learn from our mistakes.
  • Like in the Garden of Eden, He doesn’t want us to hide, cover-up or blame.
  • I love that Jesus invites Peter to a meal to nourish Him with His heart.
  • What a great example to us!
  • When someone has harmed you invite back.
  • Take the initiative and seek to restore the relationship and their hearts. 

John 21:10-11 ESV

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 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.

  • Jesus asked them and Peter was quick to obey.
  • He was asked to bring some and he brought all.

John 21:12 ESV

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

John 21:13-14 ESV

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 

  • Yet again we see Jesus serving others.

John 21:15 ESV

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

  • It is interesting to consider what Jesus mean by “more than these?”
  • Is it more than you love these or more than these love me?
  • Or could it be more than you love these fish?
  • What we know for sure is that the Lord wants to be our first and most love.

John 21:16-17 ESV

He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

  • It is thought unwise to press the Greek words here used for love.
  • First of all this conversation was probably in Aramaic.
  • Secondly, in John’s Gospel Agape and Philo love is used interchangeably for both God’s love for the world, the Father’s love for His Son, and the love we are to have for each other.
  • The point is that love cares for and feeds the flock.
  • Jesus was restoring Peter’s calling and reminding him that he is a shepherd and a fisher of men!
  • Our love for the Lord drives and defines our love for others.
  • No matter our different gifts and callings, love for the Lord reveals itself in love for His flock.
  • We all play a part in protecting and perfecting the flock.
  • Jesus is the Good, Great and Chief Shepherd.
  • If we truly love Him we will sincerely love them!

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