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Fish, Fish and More Fish

John 21:1-14

Verse 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

Yesterday we answered the question about if we love God or our sin more. Today we take a turn and look at the love Christ continued showing after His resurrection.

Our story today finds the disciples back where they started. They were fishermen by trade and so returning to the boat was a comfortable place to be. But this night was reminiscent of another night. 3 years earlier Peter, Andrew, James and John had been out fishing all night and hadn’t caught a thing. There isn’t much else that can bring a man down than an unproductive day at work. But that was before Jesus came on the scene. Jesus was using the boat of Peter, then known as Simon, to preach to the people on shore and then He told Peter to put out the nets. Peter explained that they had not had a good night of fishing but the Lord insisted that they throw out the nets. When they see all the fish Jesus had provided they accepted His call to be fishers of men (Luke 5:1-11).

3 years later as the 7 disciples come towards the shore they see someone who asks if they have caught anything, upon hearing that they hadn’t He tells them to throw out the net on the right side of the boat. When they obey they get so many fish that they can’t bring them in. It is this that makes John realize who is on the shore and he tells Peter. Peter can’t wait for the boat to get to shore and jumps out to get to Jesus first.

This love that Peter has for the Lord is so deep that it is like he doesn’t even think before he acts just to be near Christ. Jesus’ love for His friends was so deep that He had prepared them breakfast and given them a mass of large fish. Jesus hasn’t changed, He also provides for our needs, maybe not all our wants but He does know what is best for us. His love for us is no different than it was for His friends. He died for us. He rose again so that we can someday rise again to be with Him. He cares for us and knows our hearts. But the question we will be asking through the next couple of weeks is what our love quotient is. His love is eternal towards us. How deep is our love for Him?

Making It Personal

Their relationship with Jesus allowed them to recognize Him by His works, do you recognize Him by His works in your life? What is something that you can point to in your life that you knew was God’s working? Did this experience, or the knowledge of it, increase your love for God?

Making It Personal Kids

What did Jesus do for His disciples to show them that He loved them? What does Jesus do to show He loves you? Do you love Him too?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for showing us Your love through Christ – His life, death and resurrection. Help us grow in our love for You so that others will know You too. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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