“The Redeeming Grace of God”
John 21:1-19. Key word: “Commitment”
May 3, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 18: “Sojourning with King Jesus” Dr. Scott Arnold
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Introduction: In what way does God reinstate and renew us if we fail, deny Him, or disobey His calling?
A. Avoiding God through Default Diversions (John 21:1-3)
1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
- People often revert to familiar defaults (instead of changing)
- Leaders must learn to adapt and not divert others.
- God will not bless misdirection of leadership.
B. Jesus Out-fishes the Fishermen (John 21:4-6)
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
C. Responding to Jesus’ presence (7-9)
- Know when to drop everything (7)
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.
- Enthusiasm is contagious (8-9)
8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
D. Receiving Jesus’ hospitality (10-14)
- Jesus teaches a few lessons on evangelism (10-11)
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
- Jesus illustrates evangelism by hospitality (12-14)
12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
E. Renewed by Jesus’ agape love (15-19)
- Jesus confronts Peter’s vocation (15)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
- Jesus confronts Peter’s commitment (16)
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
- Jesus confronts Peter’s devotion and depth of love (17)
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.“
- Jesus confirms Peter’s reinstatement (18-19)
18 “Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
Key Point: Jesus calls imperfect people to be His disciples. He loves us and will bear with our failings and faults. Christ’s unconditional love of Peter leads Peter to recommit His life to follow Jesus, no matter the cost or challenge. His demeanor changed from shame and guilt, to gratitude and humility in service.
- How has God worked in your life to call you to faith and service, but then also to reinstate or renew your calling and commitment?
- How easy is it to go back to old ways and divert attention away from God’s will and calling in life?