Confrontation with the Risen Messiah

The writer lets us know who is present at this appearance. Notice who is mentioned first. Simon Peter. He was the man who wanted to walk on water with Jesus, and Jesus bid him come. He began to sink because he took his off Jesus, and Jesus had to reach out and rescue him. Peter the one who denied him three times before the cock crowed twice. He was ashamed, and yet Jesus forgave him. He became a great man of God. Why? Because Jesus saw something in him that Peter did not know was living inside himself. What a mighty God we serve! Thomas called Didymus. Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, along with two other of his disciples.
Yet these men did not consider the words and instructions of Jesus Christ that they had been given. They went back doing what they had been doing all their lives—fishing. Jesus was gone—or so they thought. It was nighttime, and they were unsuccessful in their endeavors. Then when early morning came, something happened that changed their lives forever. Jesus showed up! He was on the shore, and they did not know it was He.
Jesus then asks them if they have any meat, and they respond by saying no. He answers them by telling them to cast their net on the right side of the ship. When they do this, they get so many fish they are unable to gather their nets. They caught a multitude of fish! The Provider of all things in our lives had spoken to them. John identifies who is speaking, and he tells Peter that it is the Lord. When Peter hears this, he covers himself with his fisherman’s coat because he is naked. He then dives into the sea. Concerning the fisherman’s coat that Peter put on, I did some research, and found out two views. One was a scholarly view, and the other view came from Jewish writers. I would like to share with you what the Jewish writers have to say about this article of clothing.
It was a straight garment, which a man put on next to his flesh to dry up the sweat. It was a very fit item for him to swim in. It covered his nakedness. It would be understandable for him to be very naked because he was surrounded by men. Therefore, it was not at all indecent or unbecoming for him to be dressed in such a manner.
After Peter left the ship to swim ashore, the other disciples came ashore by traveling on a small ship. Apparently, they were not far from the shore as well. As they came ashore, they dragged the net, which was full of fish. Verse 11 says that the number of fish amounted to 153, and the net did not break. Once they were on shore, they saw that Jesus had started a fire cooking fish and bread. Jesus tells them to bring the fish that they had caught.
Once all the disciples were onshore and settled, Jesus invites them to “Come and dine.” I believe that this phrase is something that you and I should stop and investigate. Although upon first glance, it may appear simplistic, I have found that the more simplistic on the surface, the more rich in the depth.
Since it was so early in the morning, it would seem that Jesus would have said come and take a breakfast rather than a dinner. Therefore, it may signify here, not what we properly call dining, but eating a morning’s meal. It is to be observed that he does not say go and dine, but come and dine. This means along with himself. He does not send His disciples elsewhere for food. He invites them to come to Him, to hear His word, which is food for faith. They are to wait in His house where plenty of provision is made, and to attend on His ordinances. All are to feed upon Jesus, and to feed with Him. All are heartily welcome.
Notice that none of the disciples asked Him who He is because they recognize Him at this point. Jesus feeds them natural food in the form of bread and fish. This section of John 21 ends in verse 14 by stating that this is the third time that Jesus has shown Himself to His disciples after He rose from the dead.


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