Winning Back Two Disciples


John 20:24 – 21:19


 
 
 
 
 

Thomas wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus appeared to them. So they found him and said, “Thomas, we’ve seen the Lord! He’s alive!”

“That’s impossible! To believe that, I’d have to feel the nail scars in his hands, and touch his side where he was stabbed.”

Eight days later, Jesus suddenly appeared to the disciples, and Thomas was with them. The Lord said, “Peace be with you!”

He turned to Thomas and said, “Come and touch the scars on my hands, and in my side. Stop questioning whether or not I’m alive.”

Thomas fell to his knees. “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said, “Thomas, you believe because you see me. Blessed are those won’t see me, still they will believe.”

Sometime later, a few of the disciples were at the Sea of Galilee. Peter said to the others, “I’m going fishing.” They said, “We’ll go too.”

They went out in a boat and fished all night, but didn’t catch anything. In the dim of early morning, a man stood on shore and asked, “Have you caught any fish?”

“No.”

“Cast your net on the right side of the boat.” They did, and suddenly the net was full of fish.

John said to Peter, “It’s the Lord.”

When Peter heard this, he wrapped his clothes around him, jumped into the water, and swam for shore. The others came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish.

Once they got there, they saw Jesus cooking bread and fish over a fire. He turned and said, “Bring me some more fish.” Peter helped the others haul in the net, which had 153 large fish.

Once everything was ready, Jesus said, “Come and eat.” They gathered around and he gave them bread and fish.

When they were done eating, Jesus said, “Simon, do you love me more than these?”

Peter was surprised by the question, “Yes, Lord. I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs.”

He asked a second time, “Simon, do you love me?”

“Yes Lord, you know I love you.” “Then feed my sheep.”

A third time Jesus asked the question.

“Simon, do you love me?”

Peter was grieved by this question. He said,

“Lord you know all things. You know I love you.” “Then you’re to feed my sheep. When you were young, you went wherever you wanted. But when you get old, someone else will take you where you don’t want to go.” This referred to how Peter’s death would bring glory to God.

Then Jesus said, “Follow me!”


 
 
 
 
 
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