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John 21:1-25 TPT

Later, Jesus appeared once again to a group of his disciples by the Sea of Galilee.
It happened one day while Peter, Thomas (the Twin), Nathanael (from
Cana in Galilee), James, John, and two other disciples were all together. Peter
told them, “I’m going fishing.” And they all replied, “We’ll go with you.” So they
went out and fished through the night, but caught nothing.

Then at dawn, Jesus was standing there on the shore, but the disciples
didn’t realize that it was him! He called out to them, saying, “Hey guys! Did
you catch any fish?

“Not a thing,” they replied.

Jesus shouted to them, “Throw your net over the starboard side, and
you’ll catch some!” And so they did as he said, and they caught so many fish
they couldn’t even pull in the net!

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When
Peter heard him say that, he quickly wrapped his outer garment around him,
and because he was athletic, he dove right into the lake to go to Jesus! The
other disciples then brought the boat to shore, dragging their catch of fish.

They weren’t far from land, only about a hundred meters. And when they got
to shore, they noticed a charcoal fire with some roasted fish and bread. Then
Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”

So Peter waded into the water and helped pull the net to shore. It was full
of many large fish, exactly one hundred and fifty-three, but even with so many
fish, the net was not torn.

Come, let’s have some breakfast,” Jesus said to them.

And not one of the disciples needed to ask who it was, because every one
of them knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus came close to them and served
them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus manifested to his
disciples after his resurrection.

After they had breakfast, Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you burn with love for me more than these?

Peter answered, “Yes, Lord! You know that I have great affection for you!”

Then take care of my lambs,” Jesus said. Jesus repeated his question the second time, “Simon, son of John, do you burn with love for me?

Peter answered, “Yes, my Lord! You know that I have great affection for
you!”

Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

Then Jesus asked him again, “Peter, son of John, do you have great affection
for me?

Peter was saddened by being asked the third time and said, “My Lord, you
know everything. You know that I burn with love for you!”

Jesus replied, “Then feed my lambs! Peter, listen, when you were younger
you made your own choices and you went where you pleased. But one day
when you are old, others will tie you up and escort you where you would not
choose to go—and you will spread out your arms.” (Jesus said this to Peter as
a prophecy of what kind of death he would die, for the glory of God.) And then
he said, “Peter, follow me!

Then Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following
them. (This was the disciple who sat close to Jesus at the Last Supper
and had asked him, “Lord, who is the one that will betray you?”) So when
Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “What’s going to happen to him?”

Jesus replied, “If I decide to let him live until I return, what concern is
that of yours? You must still keep on following me!

So the rumor started to circulate among the believers that this disciple
wasn’t going to die. But Jesus never said that, he only said, “If I let him live until
I return, what concern is that of yours?

I, John, am that disciple who has written these things to testify of the truth,
and we know that what I’ve documented is accurate. Jesus did countless
things that I haven’t included here. And if every one of his works were written
down and described one by one, I suppose that the world itself wouldn’t have
enough room to contain the books that would have to be written!

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Stephanie 29/03/2015, 6:43 pm

    I love the way it says that Jesus was making breakfast for the disciples, he was roasting fish and bread. What an amazing picture!It says to me that Jesus was providing for the disciples, he provided food, but he asked them a higher question, and that was; Do you burn with love for me; do you have great affection for me. Whether I have plenty or less, where do I place my affection, in Jesus Christ or others around me, or things I need. My affection for Jesus could be affected by an apparent lack of eg time, money, employment, money and relationships. I could question him and ask; What about me? Why have you not provided? Or I can change my perception and perspective to say;
    My affection is for you, I have deep affection for you, I burn with love for you. Even though I get caught up in whether there is enough provision, I will do my best to appreciate you and burn with love for you. As I burn with love for you, my desires will be fulfilled, my daily bread is provided, I will enjoy roast fish and bread by the shore with Jesus.

  • Sharon 29/03/2015, 9:24 am

    We, like Peter, sometimes look over our shoulder at other people, other Christians and say, “what about him Lord?” But it is not for us to judge or measure our lives by other people, we are called to follow Jesus, by feeding his lambs, by caring for others, by doing whatever it is we have been called to do and bring glory to Jesus, Amen.

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