John 21
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
A New Dawn: The Resurrected Christ and the Restoration of Peter

John 21 beautifully depicts how the resurrected Christ continues to guide, nourish, and commission His followers. Through Peter's restoration, we see that mistakes and past failures are not the end of our relationship with Jesus. He is always ready to restore us and use us in His grand plan. This chapter encourages us to meet Jesus in our daily routines, to hear His voice, to receive His forgiveness, and to follow His leading in our lives.

Verses 1-14: The Miraculous Catch and Breakfast with Jesus

Jesus appears to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. After a fruitless night of fishing, Jesus instructs the disciples to cast their nets on the right side of the boat, resulting in a miraculous catch of 153 large fish. Recognizing Jesus, Peter swims to shore, while the others bring the boat in with the fish. They find Jesus has prepared a fire with bread and fish. This marks Jesus' third appearance to His disciples after His resurrection.

Verses 15-19: Peter's Restoration and Jesus' Prophecy

In a symbolic threefold act mirroring Peter's previous denial, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Each time Peter affirms his love, Jesus instructs him to feed His lambs or tend His sheep, signifying the pastoral role Peter will play. Jesus then prophesies that Peter will die a martyr's death.

Verses 20-25: The Fate of John and Closing of the Gospel

Peter, noticing John, asks Jesus about his fate. Jesus suggests that if He wanted John to remain alive until His return, that would not concern Peter. This led to a rumor among the brethren that John would not die. However, the Gospel clarifies that Jesus did not say this. The Gospel concludes stating that Jesus did many other things, so numerous that if they were written down, the world could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21, the final chapter of the Gospel of John, presents a beautiful narrative of restoration and renewed discipleship. In this chapter, we see a profound moment of restoration for Simon Peter, who had previously denied Jesus thrice. Through the backdrop of a miraculous catch of fish and a shared meal, Jesus reinstates Peter and predicts the nature of his future martyrdom. This chapter also emphasizes the continuity of Jesus' work and the role of His disciples in that mission.

Restoration and Renewal
Jesus' care for His disciples
The call to discipleship
Understanding God's plan
Unending work of Jesus
The miraculous catch of fish
Jesus' breakfast with His disciples
Peter's threefold restoration
Jesus' prediction of Peter's martyrdom
The fate of John, the disciple whom Jesus loved
The closing remarks of the Gospel
Simon Peter
Thomas (called Didymus)
Nathanael of Cana in Galilee
The sons of Zebedee (James and John)
Two other disciples
Jesus Christ
The Sea of Tiberias (also known as the Sea of Galilee)
Bible Study Questions

1. How does the miraculous catch of fish illustrate Jesus' power and the disciples' dependency on Him?

2. What does Jesus' preparation of breakfast for His disciples say about His care for them?

3. How does Peter's threefold confession mirror his earlier threefold denial?

4. In what ways do you see Jesus' grace towards Peter in this chapter, and how does it resonate with your personal experiences?

5. How do you understand Jesus' instructions to Peter: "Feed my lambs," "Take care of my sheep," and "Feed my sheep"?

6. What does Jesus' prediction of Peter's death signify about the cost of discipleship?

7. Why do you think Jesus mentioned the fate of John, and how did it cause a misunderstanding among the disciples?

8. How does this chapter emphasize the continuity of Jesus' work and the role of His disciples?

9. How does the final statement about the vastness of Jesus' works impact your perception of Him?

10. How can you apply the lessons from Peter's restoration to situations of failure or betrayal in your own life?

11. How can you relate to the disciples' initial lack of recognition of Jesus in your spiritual journey?

12. What does it mean to you to feed and take care of Jesus' sheep in today's context?

13. What lessons can you learn from Jesus' interaction with Peter about dealing with guilt and restoration?

14. How does the concept of discipleship in this chapter apply to your daily life?

15. In what ways do you feel called to serve others as a result of your love for Christ, as Peter was called?

16. How does the recurring theme of love in this chapter speak to you?

17. In what ways can you identify with Peter's journey from denial to restoration?

18. How do you perceive the mystery surrounding John's fate, and what does it tell us about focusing on our individual callings?

19. How can you carry the message of Jesus' continuous work to those around you?

20. In reflecting on the Gospel of John as a whole, how has your understanding of Jesus and His mission changed or deepened?

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