JOHN 21

3 Outlines

 

John 21:1-18

FISHING LESSONS

 

Jesus had promised to make the disciples "fishers of men". Matthew 4:19

This post-resurrection appearance can be applied to winning souls for Him.

 

DON'T FISH WITHOUT CHRIST - Vss. 1-6

The disciples went fishing without Jesus and caught nothing.

With Jesus' help the nets were full.

We can't expect to win souls to Christ without His enabling power. John 15:5

 

DON'T FRET OVER THE CATCH - Vss. 7-11

Often when we lead souls to Christ we worry about the sincerity of the decision and the consistency of the converts.  Just as the net held all the flesh, the Lord Jesus holds all those that sincerely trust in Him.  John 10:27-31

 

DON'T FUSS WHEN CORRECTED - Vss. 12-18

In order for Peter to be the very best fisher of men, Jesus needed to deal with issues in his life, and encourage him.  Jesus will correct us as well, to make sure we are good fishers of men. Hebrews 12:5-11

 

 

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John 21

BY THE SEA

 

The risen Savior made an appearance to Jesus and other disciples by the Sea of Galilee.  In this passage we see:

 

A BIG REVERSAL - Vss. 1-3 - Peter and others are returning to the old way of living. They were fishing.

 

A BIG REMINDER - Vss. 4-11 - The disciples are reminded of the power and the authority of the Lord Jesus with a very large catch of fish.

 

A BIG RECEPTION - Vss. 12-14 - The Disciples are invited by Jesus to "Come and dine."

 

A BIG RESTORATION - Vss. 15-18 - Jesus recommissions Peter to a ministry to the "sheep" and "lambs".  Peter was not through as an apostle. He was still useable.

 

A BIG REQUIREMENT - Vss. 19-22 - Peter is told about his future death.  And then he is instructed with one big requirement, true for all believers. We are to follow Jesus. Peter wanted to know about John's future, and Jesus basically told Peter that it was not Peter's business to know.

 

A BIG REFLECTION - Vss. 23-25 - John tells us that he was an the disciple that Peter was talking about. He also reflects on the fact that much more could have been written about the Lord Jesus.

 

 

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John 21

IT SOUNDS FAMILIAR

 

A FAMILIAR SCENE - Vss. 1-3

Peter and some of the other disciples decided to return to the familiar haunts of the fishing boat.

And like other times in the past, there were no fish to be caught!

 

A FAMILIAR SOUND - Vss. 4-6

It was the voice of the Lord Jesus. He was inquiring as to their wellbeing. When they reply that they have no "meat", he tells them to cast the net on the other side of the boat. There is a great catch.

 

A FAMILIAR STORY - Vss. 7-12

It is Peter, who as usual, reacts spontaneously. He grabs his coat and puts it on. He grabs the net to bring it in. Then he and the other disciples are invited to join Jesus for breakfast!

 

A FAMILIAR SPOTLIGHT - Vss. 13-18

The spotlight is on Peter!  It needed to be. Peter had publicly denied his Lord. He needed to publicly confess his Lord. He also needed to be publicly restored by Jesus so the other disciples will later follow his leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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