Following the Risen Lord

BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words

Following the Risen Lord

John 21:1-14

Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

The disciples had followed Jesus for three years.  Now, as a result of the cross and the resurrection, the situation had changed. How were they to follow the Risen Lord?

Three Things to Remember
(vs. 1-9)

1-Remember, this is new. Jesus gave the disciples marching orders on Easter evening, ”As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).    Nonetheless, under stress, we return to best-known behavior, behavior that is comfortable. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you” (John 21:2-3). Rather than adapting to a “new normal,” they returned to old ways. 

2-Remember, Jesus called you. Here is a story of Deja-vo. They fish all night and come up empty.  A stranger on the shore says to try again off the other side of the boat. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish” (John 21:6). This was the same lake and the same boats. Three years earlier Jesus said, “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4). 

3-Remember, Jesus sends you. Peter is told it is Jesus. He leaps into the water. The disciples pull the boat and the fish to shore. When the disciples arrive, they saw a fire “with fish on it, and some bread,” a sure reminder of the feeding of the 5000. Now it comes back to them, the words of Jesus on Easter evening, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).  What Jesus began, we must continue.

Three Things to Do
(vs. 10-14)

1-Act like you are in partnership with Jesus. Jesus has fish on the fire, yet he asks the disciples to bring the fish that they have caught.  Jesus includes the fish the disciples have brought.   The disciples realize that they would have no fish if it had not been for Jesus. 

2-Work to save a lost world. This story differs from the calling in Luke 5, where the nets are breaking boats were sinking. This time, even with so many [fish] the net was not torn(John 21:11). Here is an image of the church, receiving all who come and expanding to include “whosoever will” (Revelation 22:17).

3-Live as part of the New Creation. This was the third appearance of Jesus.  Yet, the disciples hesitate.   Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord (John 21:12).  Jesus is familiar but different.  You see, Jesus is the New Creation. The disciples must live as if they are part of the New Creation because they are!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone,
the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

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