I Am Going Fishing

I Am Going Fishing


John 21:1-3 (ESV) ~ “After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.”


We see four things in these verses:

  • The words “after these things” refer to the proof of Jesus’ resurrection already recorded (John 20:1-31)
  • Seven disciples were together. They were apparently in some home continuing to hide for fear
  • Peter went fishing to meet the need for food. They went under cover of darkness. In the sovereignty of God, the small band of men needed to learn a glorious lesson, so God was setting the stage for them to receive the lesson.
  • They caught nothing, and it was in this that they were to learn the much-needed lesson: self-sufficiency is inadequate. They could no longer do anything on their own. They must know the risen Lord and depend upon Him. They could not provide for themselves in their own strength; they must know that the Lord is really risen, and they must learn to depend upon Him. Jesus took this experience of catching nothing and taught the disciples that He had truly risen.


John 21:4 (ESV) ~ “Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.”


  • Jesus’ presence was immediate, sudden, and unexpected.
  • Jesus’ presence was bodily, that is, His body stood there.


John 21:5-8 (ESV) ~ “Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.”


  • Jesus possessed supernatural knowledge. Jesus knew where the fish were. Remember the disciples had been commercial fishermen before their call to serve the Lord. Jesus was teaching that He, the risen Lord, was the same Lord who took care of them before the crucifixion; therefore, He would take care of them now. But there was one significant difference that they must learn. The resurrection increased His care and added much more to their salvation. He, the risen Lord, was the sovereign majesty of the universe who could use His sovereign knowledge to provide all things for His dear children
  • Now note: John knew immediately that it was the Lord. However, it was the miracle of knowing where the fish were, the Lord’s supernatural sovereign knowledge, that told John.
  • John 16:30 (ESV) ~ “Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.””
  • When men hear that Jesus is really alive—that He is the Sovereign Majesty of the universe—they should do just what these men did: rush to Him as quickly as possible.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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