Jesus Appears to the Disciples at Sea of Galilee
“During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3 (NLT2)
“...after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” Mark 14:28
“Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”
Mark 16:7 (NLT2)
“Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened.”
John 21:1 (NLT)
“Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples" v. 2
“Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” v. 3a
“We’ll come, too,” they all said.” John 21:3b
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“So they went out in the boat...but they caught nothing all night.” John 21:3c
WHY THEY DIDN'T CATCH ANY FISH
a) Jesus (God in the flesh) was trying to give them an object lesson.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 (NLT)
WHY DIDN'T THEY CATCH ANY FISH?
b) Jesus wanted to remind them of their true calling.
“When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
Luke 5:8-10 (NLT)
“At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was.” John 21:4 (NLT)
“...called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied.” v. 5
HAVE YOU CAUGHT ANY FISH?
No...I don't fish.
No...fishing isn't really my thing.
No...I'm more about the “fellowship” than the fish.
Or...I “fish” a little, but I don't really “catch”
“Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” John 21:6a
“So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.” v. 6b
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“Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” John 21:7a
“When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.” v. 7b
“The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore.” v. 8
“When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said.” John 21:9-10
"So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.” v. 11
“Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.” v. 12
“Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead."
John 21:13-14 (NLT2)