The One Jesus Loves, Part 41: What to Do When Everything Has Changed
Published November 24, 2019 at 1:04 PM
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THE ONE JESUS LOVES – 41
The Gospel of John
What to Do When Everything Has Changed
THE CONTEXT OF JOHN 21:
For the past three-and-a-half-years Jesus and his disciples have…
· Traveled from village to village
· Slept on the side of the road
· Dealt with ecstatic mobs
· Escaped angry mobs
· Witnessed life-changing miracles
Now… EVERYTHING IS TRANSITIONING
3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.
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.
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. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 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. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
WHY SHOULD THIS MATTER TO ME?
LESSONS ON WHAT TO DO NEXT
1. No Matter What – KEEP DOING WITH
John 21:3 “We’ll go with you.”
The disciples learned that STAYING TOGETHER is the wisest response to difficult times
Who do you NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH?
2. When Jesus Shows Up – PRESS IN
John 21:7 … he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.”
Peter learned the best response to past failure is to PURSUE THE PRESENCE OF JESUS
When is the last time I heard GOD’S STILL, SMALL VOICE?
3. The Way Forward Will Always – INVOLVE SERVING
John 21:9 “When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.”
With his last hours on earth Jesus chose to both PROVIDE and PREPARE a meal
Who is God calling me to SERVE?
4. Everyone Needs Time To – SIT AND LISTEN TO JESUS
John 21:13-14 “Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.”
Even those who were eyewitnesses needed times of listening and ENCOURAGEMENT with Christ
When is the last time I experienced HIS COMFORT?
5. Leave the past in the PAST so you can step into the NEW.
John 21:15-19 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 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.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
Jesus calls IMPERFECT PEOPLE to service in His kingdom.
Will you refuse to let FAILURE define you?
John 21:20-25 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 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.