Follow With Renewed Purpose John 21:3-7a, 15-17,20-23 February 23, 2014
In my first class in the Greek language I asked the teacher why Jesus changed the words in the questions to Simon. My New Testament professor told us it was just the opposite as the Greek professor
told us. So this teacher and I went to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and check it. This is a Lutheran seminary but my teacher thought they would have the books to do some good research about this passage. He was right on the books and on the questions the Lord asked and how he responded to Simon. I told my New Testament Professor and He did not like being told that. But the truth is the truth.
1. Follow With Purpose The . . Encouragement of the Lord. 20:3-7a
A. Encouragement To . . Appreciate the Lord. 21:3-5
3 "I'm going fishing," Simon Peter said to them. "We're coming with you," they told him. They went
out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know it was Jesus.
5 "Men," Jesus called to them, "you don't have any fish, do you?" "No," they answered.
B. Encouragement To . . Acknowledge the Lord. 21:6-7a
6 "Cast the net on the right side of the boat," He told them, "and you'll find some." So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish.
7 Therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, "It is the Lord!"
We need to recognize the Lord’s questions about our work and business relationships and appreciate them. He cares if fishermen who work that way for a livelihood are catching fish. The Lord proceeded to cause them to catch more fish than they could easily handle . Following this catch they knew this person causing it was the Lord. John spoke out and acknowledged, “It is the Lord..” That is great to know how the Lord cares and how He encouraged these disciples. I believe they never went fishing again without thinking about this experience.
2. Follow With Purpose The . . Encounters of the Lord. 20:15-17
A. Encounter of To . . Inquiry of the Lord. 21:15-16
15 When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs," He told him.
16 A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to
Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him.
B. Encounter of the . . Investigation of the Lord. 21:17
17 He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?"
Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know
everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep,"
Simon always said he would never leave the Lord but he denied three times. The Lord asked him
“do you love Me more than these?” Interestingly the Lord used the word, “Agape” which means a the highest kind of love. As Simon answered he used the word “Phileo” which is more of a friendly kind of love” Then the final time Jesus changed to the “Phileo” kind of love and that grieved Simon. Early Jesus told him tom " "Feed My lambs," And lastly "Shepherd My sheep," Our love for the Lord should demonstrate itself in obedience to Him and serving others for Him
3. Follow With Purpose The . . Examination of the Lord. 20:20-23
A. Examination of . . Simon Peter. 21:20-21
20 So Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them. That disciple was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, "Lord, who is the one that's going to betray You?"
21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord—what about him?"
B. Examination of . . Significant Truth. 21:22-23
22 "If I want him to remain until I come," Jesus answered, "what is that to you? As for you, follow
23 So this report spread to the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him
that he would not die, but, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?"
In previous verses Jesus indicated the sort of death Simon would experience. Then Simon questioned the Lord about what He had in store for the disciple John. It was really none of Simon’s business what sore of death John would experience. The Lord told Simon, "If I want him to remain until I come,” that is none of your business. But many have thought that this statement indicated John would live much longer and maybe until the Lord came back. That obviously is not true. John and Simon did Follow With Renewed Purpose and no doubt many people came to Christ through their witness for Him and we can rejoice. Amen? Amen!