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John 21 ~ Revelation and Restoration

on June 19, 2012

Revelation.  John 21:1-14.  The disciples were not looking for Jesus to reveal Himself to them again.  They had gone home, dusted off their fishing equipment and set sail for the night.  But “Jesus revealed Himself” to them.

It says in verse 4, “Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore.”  Understanding this as real time description, I also see spiritual significance in these words.  They remind me of the bridge in David Crowder’s song, Glory of it All.  “After night, comes the light, dawn is here, dawn is here, it’s a new day, it’s a new day, everything will change, things will never be the same, we will never be the same.” Jesus and the sunrise go together in Lamentations 3:23-24, too.  “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  The disciples needed a fresh reminder of the love, mercy and faithfulness of their Savior.

The disciples had gone out to the sea for peace, purpose and fulfillment but returned empty.  It was not until Jesus got involved, sent them out, and they obeyed that they found more fish than they could have imagined.  Jesus didn’t even need their fish; He was already cooking some up for breakfast.

Restoration. John 21:15-25.  In these verses we see some similarities to Peter’s denial of Jesus in chapter 18.  There was a charcoal fire (18:18, 21:9).  Peter denied Christ three times.  Here Peter admits his love and loyalty to Christ three times, and each is followed with a personal commission to Peter.  Loving Jesus and doing the work of Jesus go hand in hand.  It’s not enough to say we love Him, we must follow and obey.  We see that Jesus–the Shepherd from chapter 10–is passing on the baton to Peter.  He asked Peter to 1) feed MY lambs 2) tend MY sheep and 3) feed MY sheep.  Jesus was telling Him to take care of and feed the Word to the young and old–to make disciples.  The lambs/sheep don’t belong to Peter, they belong to Christ.  Knowing who the “lambs/sheep” belong to, changes how we treat them, don’t you think?

Right away Peter started to take His eyes off Christ and look at people.  That is such a common misstep in ministry.  It is so easy to move from following Christ and His plan for the ministry He has entrusted to me, to measuring and comparing that ministry with someone else’s.  That breeds discouragement and jealousy if their ministry appears to be going better while breeding self-righteousness and pride if theirs appears to be going worse.

Peter’s ministry started with the Lord’s call to, “Follow me” and ends with Jesus’ command to “follow me.”

Am I still following Jesus with my whole heart?  Am I measuring myself to His plan or to His plan for others?  Do I love Him enough to lay everything aside and take care of those He entrusts to me?  Am I trusting Him to “fill the net with fish” doing more in a moment than I could strive to do all night?  Am I trusting in Him alone to provide all I need to do His work?  Do I realize that the lambs and sheep belong to Him and not to me?

One response to “John 21 ~ Revelation and Restoration

  1. Lou Calabash says:

    It was a new day!

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