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John 21

September 6, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

24 thoughts on “John 21”

  1. Ah Jesus had breakfast with them before He left …

    I love going out for breaky with my friends and family.

  2. Ah Jesus had breakfast with them before He left …

    I love going out for breaky with my friends and family.

  3. My favourite verse in this chapter has to be v.22 where Jesus virtually tells Peter to mind his own business, lol.

  4. My favourite verse in this chapter has to be v.22 where Jesus virtually tells Peter to mind his own business, lol.

  5. jON

    this is a great chapter. i enjoy it so much simply because it is a chapter of changing. the end of an era, if you will. i don’t really have too much original stuff to say about it, but i will recount what sticks out to me.

    peter and some of the others, who don’t really know what else to do with themselves after such a surreal three year period, go back to what they know. fishing. and jesus, when he meets them there, is kind enough to give them one of the most successful days they’ve ever had. i think to give them a choice. “do you want to follow the road of temporary worldly success? if so, i’ve given you quite a headstart. or would you rather follow me and fish for men and for eternal things? if so, i’ve given you quite a headstart.”

    i find it interesting that neither mary, nor the disciples were able to recognize him right away. i wonder if that’s because his appearance changed in his resurrected body so that he no longer looked the same as he used to? obviously humanoid to some degree as the disciples didn’t run screaming, but not the same old face. hmmm…

    “…Jesus virtually tells Peter to mind his own business…” – yes i think that is it in one sense. yet in another, i think jesus is also saying, “it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. you need to do what i ask you to do. he will do what i ask him to do. and it may not be the same as what i ask you to do. but you need to do what i ask you to do anyway.”

    and my very favorite aside, the first one i noticed 2 years ago that sparked my noticing of them, – “Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, ‘If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?'”

    when i first read this, and it hit me, i laughed out loud. to me, john is essentially saying, “okay guys, for the last time, can we get this straight? he NEVER SAID…but what he DID say was…” which makes me wonder how many times john had had that conversation with people? obviously so much so that he felt the need to add the explanation to his account of jesus’ life. a very humanistic touch which, to me, stands outside the rest of the inspiration and provides a glimpse into the scene of what was happening among the early church as regular, fallible people and not merely as “spritual giants making history.”

  6. jON

    this is a great chapter. i enjoy it so much simply because it is a chapter of changing. the end of an era, if you will. i don’t really have too much original stuff to say about it, but i will recount what sticks out to me.

    peter and some of the others, who don’t really know what else to do with themselves after such a surreal three year period, go back to what they know. fishing. and jesus, when he meets them there, is kind enough to give them one of the most successful days they’ve ever had. i think to give them a choice. “do you want to follow the road of temporary worldly success? if so, i’ve given you quite a headstart. or would you rather follow me and fish for men and for eternal things? if so, i’ve given you quite a headstart.”

    i find it interesting that neither mary, nor the disciples were able to recognize him right away. i wonder if that’s because his appearance changed in his resurrected body so that he no longer looked the same as he used to? obviously humanoid to some degree as the disciples didn’t run screaming, but not the same old face. hmmm…

    “…Jesus virtually tells Peter to mind his own business…” – yes i think that is it in one sense. yet in another, i think jesus is also saying, “it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. you need to do what i ask you to do. he will do what i ask him to do. and it may not be the same as what i ask you to do. but you need to do what i ask you to do anyway.”

    and my very favorite aside, the first one i noticed 2 years ago that sparked my noticing of them, – “Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, ‘If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?'”

    when i first read this, and it hit me, i laughed out loud. to me, john is essentially saying, “okay guys, for the last time, can we get this straight? he NEVER SAID…but what he DID say was…” which makes me wonder how many times john had had that conversation with people? obviously so much so that he felt the need to add the explanation to his account of jesus’ life. a very humanistic touch which, to me, stands outside the rest of the inspiration and provides a glimpse into the scene of what was happening among the early church as regular, fallible people and not merely as “spritual giants making history.”

  7. Some interesting thoughts there, Jon, it really must have been a surreal three year period. Hard to imagine leaving everything for Jesus and then he ‘disappears’ after three years.

    I agree, Jesus is saying it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. you need to do what i ask you to do. Lots of Christians need to hear this.

    Yes it is encouraging to know that John felt it necessary to put in this explanation about what Jesus actually said and as you say makes you realize the disciples were regular, fallible people.

  8. Some interesting thoughts there, Jon, it really must have been a surreal three year period. Hard to imagine leaving everything for Jesus and then he ‘disappears’ after three years.

    I agree, Jesus is saying it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. you need to do what i ask you to do. Lots of Christians need to hear this.

    Yes it is encouraging to know that John felt it necessary to put in this explanation about what Jesus actually said and as you say makes you realize the disciples were regular, fallible people.

  9. I like the last verse too, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

    Of course in those days books were written on scrolls and kept in clay jars. So John is probably saying there would not be room in their houses for all the clay jars. It would be easier these days as we keep our books on shelves. Nevertheless I wish they had written down more of the things Jesus did, especially as in the Gospels we have several stories more than once.

  10. I like the last verse too, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

    Of course in those days books were written on scrolls and kept in clay jars. So John is probably saying there would not be room in their houses for all the clay jars. It would be easier these days as we keep our books on shelves. Nevertheless I wish they had written down more of the things Jesus did, especially as in the Gospels we have several stories more than once.

  11. Forget the shelves, what about CD’S lol

    We have room now!!!

    But I wonder if even computer chips have enough room for the works of an infinite God.

    Geesh I’m thinking maybe not.

    Three questions to Peter.

    Do you love me and if you do feed and tend to my lambs and sheep.

    Three times … not soon to be forgotten.

    Here’s the first verse of 1 Peter

    Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

    To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen.

  12. Forget the shelves, what about CD’S lol

    We have room now!!!

    But I wonder if even computer chips have enough room for the works of an infinite God.

    Geesh I’m thinking maybe not.

    Three questions to Peter.

    Do you love me and if you do feed and tend to my lambs and sheep.

    Three times … not soon to be forgotten.

    Here’s the first verse of 1 Peter

    Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

    To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen.

  13. Alison C

    v.6. He said ” Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some” WHEN THEY DID, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

    When they obeyed Jesus they received the reward!

    It is this way with our life today; obey God’s word and receive the blessings of His peace.

    John has been a refreshing study.
    Thankyou Susan for your leading.

  14. Alison C

    v.6. He said ” Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some” WHEN THEY DID, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

    When they obeyed Jesus they received the reward!

    It is this way with our life today; obey God’s word and receive the blessings of His peace.

    John has been a refreshing study.
    Thankyou Susan for your leading.

  15. v.17 Lord, you know all thing; you know that I love you.

    Jesus knows all things including how much we love.

    Glad you enjoyed the study, Alison

  16. v.17 Lord, you know all thing; you know that I love you.

    Jesus knows all things including how much we love.

    Glad you enjoyed the study, Alison

  17. v.3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them

    People have lots of spiritual reasons why Peter said this, but perhaps he was just bored of sitting around and waiting – which is what Jesus had asked them to do (Matthew 26:32).

  18. v.3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them

    People have lots of spiritual reasons why Peter said this, but perhaps he was just bored of sitting around and waiting – which is what Jesus had asked them to do (Matthew 26:32).

  19. v.6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

    An apparent stranger tells to do something rather odd and the disciples do it anyway. I wonder why? Perhaps they thought he was an angel?

  20. v.6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

    An apparent stranger tells to do something rather odd and the disciples do it anyway. I wonder why? Perhaps they thought he was an angel?

  21. v.7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

    Even after the miracle Peter didn’t realize it was Jesus, it took John to point it out to him. Sometimes we need other people to point out to us what God is doing in our life. We don’t always recognise God’s movement in our lives without someone saying, “that’s God.”

  22. v.7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

    Even after the miracle Peter didn’t realize it was Jesus, it took John to point it out to him. Sometimes we need other people to point out to us what God is doing in our life. We don’t always recognise God’s movement in our lives without someone saying, “that’s God.”

  23. v.18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

    Some Christians think God is there to met their needs rather than thinking we are here to serve others which may mean we go to places we don’t want to go.

  24. v.18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

    Some Christians think God is there to met their needs rather than thinking we are here to serve others which may mean we go to places we don’t want to go.

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