Jesus and the Great Number of Fish:

Jesus stood on the beach of the Sea of Galilee after His Resurrection, Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples were fishing. His disciples did not know it was Jesus. Jesus guided the disciples to catch a great number of fish then invited them to come and dine. Jesus was still teaching the disciples and caring for them just like He does for you and for me.
John 21:1-14

Jesus stood on the beach of the Sea of Galilee after His Resurrection, Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples were fishing.

Jesus said unto them, Children, have you any meat? They answered him, no. And Jesus said for them to cast the net on the right side of the ship, and they shall find multitude of fishes. The disciple whom Jesus loved (John was the disciple whom Jesus loved) said unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

And the other disciples came in a little ship; for they were not far from land, dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

Jesus said unto them to bring the fish which they caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty three: and even though there were a great number they had not broken the net.
Jesus said unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples did know that it was the Lord. Jesus gave them bread and fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples, after He was raised from the dead.

When they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these? Peter replied that yes, Lord you know I love you. Jesus then said unto Peter, Feed my lambs.

Jesus then said to Peter again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? Peter said yes, Lord; you know that I love you. Jesus said unto Peter, Feed my sheep. Jesus then said unto Peter the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? Peter said unto Jesus, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

Jesus said to the disciples when you were young gird yourself and walk where you would: but when you are old, you shall stretch forth your hands, and another shall gird you, and carry you where you would not. Jesus spoke, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he said unto him, Follow me.

What Can Be Learned From This Lesson?

Jesus was still teaching the disciples and caring for them when He called to them from the shore. Jesus is still telling them where to catch multitudes of fish. Once again Jesus invites them to join Him. And to bring the fish they had caught.

Do you remember that Jesus told the disciples to follow Him and He would make they fishers of men? (Matthew 4:19). Jesus is still showing them how to be fishers of men. We need to remember that it was Jesus Christ who chose the disciple and Jesus invited them to follow Him. Jesus calls us to be fishers of men not because we do great things, or because we are beautiful people. We are called because we are wanted by Jesus to follow Him.

It is important also to remember this was the third time that Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He had risen from the dead. It is important for us to listen what He had to say to us His disciples. He said to feed His lambs.

Lambs are the same as the children. Then Jesus said to feed His sheep those are the adults. If we love Jesus we will feed the children and adults that belong to Jesus. Not just with food but also with the Word of God. Also important is we feed the children and the adults belonging to Jesus with the love that we have received for Jesus.

While Jesus was on this earth He always gave the glory to the LORD God, His heavenly Father. We have to do the same thing. When we do something for the LORD we need to give the glory to Him not to ourselves.
Jesus tells us that; “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26). Luke 18:27 again tells us “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

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Holstein, Joanne “Jesus and the Great Number of Fish:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Jan 2015.< https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2103,>.

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Holstein, Joanne (2015, January) “Jesus and the Great Number of Fish:.” Becker Bible Studies Library. Retrieved from https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2103,.

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Holstein, Joanne (2015) “Jesus and the Great Number of Fish:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (January), https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2103, (accessed).

Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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