John Lesson 29 Day 2
3. Seven disciples went fishing
Peter, James, and John formed Jesus’ inner circle.
Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” The others said, “We’re going with you.”
- Simon Peter from Galilee was one of the Jesus’ first followers.
- Peter, a leader by nature, functioned as spokesman for the twelve.
- Peter, James, and John previously left a profitable fishing business to follow Jesus. (Luke 5:10)
- He wasn’t lazy and didn’t like to sit still.
- He was enthusiastic, strong-willed, impulsive, and sometimes brash. (Life of Peter)
- Devotion: “When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea.” (John 21:7 MSG)
John turned to Peter and said, “It is the Lord!”
- John was probably willing to wait but went along with Peter.
- John was quick to discern. He recognized the stranger on the shore before Peter did. (Guzik)
- Lover of truth
- The one Jesus loved
Adam Clarke put their fishing enterprise in the best possible light: “Previously to the crucifixion of our Lord, the temporal necessities of himself and his disciples appear to have been supplied by the charity of individuals: Luke 8:3. As it is probable that the scandal of the cross had now shut up this source of support, the disciples, not fully knowing how they were to be employed, purposed to return to their former occupation of fishing, in order to gain a livelihood; and therefore the seven, mentioned John 21:2, embarked on the sea of Tiberias, otherwise called the sea of Galilee.” (Clarke)
4. Jesus shows up at the workplace.
The disciples went to Galilee in obedience to Jesus’ instruction. Some scholars believe the named and unnamed disciples make up the same group who witnessed the first miraculous catch of fish in Luke 5:4-7.
- Advice to turn around their unsuccessful, all night fishing attempt.
- Miraculous catch—Their fishing skills did not produce the huge, instantaneous catch.
- Miraculous preservation of their nets—they didn’t lose their catch or their tools of the trade.
- Hot breakfast of fish and bread served by and eaten with Jesus
God is our Provider, our Savior, our Redeemer. He never leaves us or gives up on us.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands. (Psalm 138:8 AMPC)
I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world. (Philippians 1:6 Voice)
5. Jesus appeared to them as a humble servant.
Jesus is my example. He taught the disciples to discern Him not by sight but by the spirit.
“He has impacted their lives in a way that changed them forever. They can’t go back. And He knows they don’t know how to go forward.” (Note in Voice translation)
So Jesus showed up to provide their source of income, encouragement, an example of servanthood, lovingkindness, comfort, unity and more. He is the same today.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 29 Day 2